Memorial Sloan Kettering Skin Cancer Center Hauppauge: Overview

When you choose Memorial Sloan Kettering Hauppauge, you benefit from the expertise of one of the world's leading centers in cancer care. Our dermatologists and dermatologic surgeon work as a team with skin cancer experts at our New York City locations. Together, we review individual patients' treatment plans and discuss the latest advances in treatment and clinical trials. Working in this way ensures that we use the same sophisticated approaches to treatment, and that you receive personalized care.

Doctors at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hauppauge are experts in skin cancer screening and treatment for squamous cell carcinoma, basal cell carcinoma, melanoma, and other types of skin cancer. Memorial Sloan Kettering's skin cancer team also includes board-certified medical oncologists and radiation oncologists who specialize in treating melanoma.

Screening and Prevention

Dermatologists at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hauppauge perform skin cancer screening examinations. Our physicians use a variety of imaging technologies to detect skin cancer, including:

  • Digital photography, either of your whole body, or specific areas of abnormal skin, to monitor changes in your skin over time
  • Dermoscopy, in which a hand-held instrument is used to see structures below the top layer of the skin
  • Confocal microscopy, an investigational approach that can diagnose skin cancers at the cellular level

Our doctors also monitor patients who are at high risk of developing skin cancer, including those who have congenital nevi (moles present at birth), dysplastic nevi (atypical moles), fair skin, a family history of skin cancer, sun-damaged skin, or other factors that signal risk.

Treatment

The dermatologic surgeon at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hauppauge is highly experienced in Mohs surgery, a precise procedure for removing cancers on the surface of the skin. Mohs surgery leaves healthy skin intact, minimizing scarring after the procedure.

We also offer photodynamic therapy, a treatment modality for actinic keratosis. In this procedure, a special chemical is applied to the skin. The skin is then exposed to a certain wavelength of light, which activates the chemical to release reactive oxygen molecules, destroying the precancerous cells.

If your skin examination reveals that you have a more aggressive skin cancer such as melanoma, dermatologists at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hauppauge will work closely with medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, and other physicians in our New York City locations to ensure that you receive the right care.

Clinical Trials

Because doctors at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center are at the forefront of research on skin cancer, we are able to offer eligible patients certain innovative therapies that are not yet widely available. These new treatments are often being investigated through our program of clinical trials based in New York City. Learn more about clinical trials.

Psychosocial Support

Memorial Sloan Kettering Hauppauge provides support services to help you cope with the emotional or practical challenges that may arise during or after treatment.