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Listen to Dr. Sumeet Bhatia an MD Anderson Cancer Network™ certified oncologist, discuss skin cancer diagnosis, types of skin cancer, and treatment at Community. Dr. Priya Young, dermatologist, weighs in on skin protection, screening for skin cancer and more.

Cutaneous Cancer program

It's time to get screened for skin cancer

Each year, more than 1 million Americans (1 in 5) are diagnosed with skin cancer, making it the most common form of cancer1. The bright side is that skin cancer has a >99% cure rate if detected and treated early2. Community is helping join the fight against skin cancer in May for Skin Cancer Awareness Month. Our skin cancer experts make it easier to spot and treat skin cancer early for the best chance of cure.

About skin cancer

Brown melanoma on a skin cancer patient

Find out how to recognize the signs of skin cancer and get tips for self-exams and sun safety at eCommunity.com/skincancer

Our Cutaneous Cancer program offers treatment and therapy to patients with all types and stages of skin cancer, including rare types of skin cancer, such as Merkel cell carcinoma and cutaneous sarcomas.

The Cutaneous Cancer program provides specialized expertise for patients with complex or advanced malignancy and for patients with recurrent or extensive tumors. The program offers advanced care for patients who require surgical management such as reconstruction. Multidisciplinary care is coordinated, including complete diagnostic, radiological, and post-treatment follow-up.

Community Cancer Center has proudly partnered with Jeff Wagner, M.D., an internationally recognized physician and researcher in the areas of melanoma, skin cancer and reconstructive surgery. A comprehensive program has been developed to streamline the multidisciplinary care necessary for patients with complex and advanced cutaneous malignancies and cutaneous tumors.

The program pulls together a consortium of primary care physicians and specialists with special interests and expertise so that patients receive high-quality care with the convenience of simple scheduling and one-stop shopping and referring physicians benefit from centralized and tailored services.

About Dr. Jeffrey Wagner

Cutaneous CancerDr. Wagner is the medical director of the Cutaneous Cancer program and its multidisciplinary team. He is double board certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and a fellow of the American Board of Surgeons and the Society of Surgical Oncology. He is also on the faculty of the IU School of Medicine where he founded the IU melanoma program.

Dr. Wagner has an established and well-known practice, Wagner and Associates Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Consultants of Indiana. For more information, visit www.WagnerPlasticSurgery.com or call 317-621-2520. For referrals, call 317-621-2577.

Dr. Wagner is a frequent educator, speaker and author; he has been identified as one of America’s Top Doctors. He is an internationally recognized expert and researcher in the fields of cutaneous oncology, melanoma, and reconstructive techniques and outcomes.

About the program

Easy for you and your patient

A single phone number and care coordinator serve as the main program contact and case management resource for patients and physicians. The program coordinator takes physician referrals, coordinates with primary care physicians, triages patients for appropriate care, and coordinates the multidisciplinary cutaneous cancer team. A key goal of the program is to schedule patients for appropriate specialty consultation within one week following initial referral. For referrals, call 317-621-2577.

Access to expertise

For referring physicians, Community's Cutaneous Cancer program offers a one-stop access point to a multidisciplinary team of specialists. Referring physician preferences for patient follow-up, testing and diagnostic services are respected.

A range of advanced, state-of-the art treatments

The Cutaneous Cancer program focuses on providing the appropriate patient care as a result of specific referral needs. Such needs may involve surgical or dermatological care, or the patient may need more comprehensive care management for complex cases. The program identifies specialty resources—not just within the Community cancer care network, but also throughout Indiana—that may have a particular expertise for a given disease and diagnosis. Advanced care is available for patients that require surgical management, such as reconstruction.

Getting patients back to what’s important to them as quickly as possible

All resources and specialty care recommendations are discussed and coordinated with the referring physician, as desired. To the extent possible, required treatment and therapies are provided on a patient's first visit. Interim and continuing care are provided as necessary. As much care as possible is provided in the patient's home community.

Communication coordination

In addition to traditional means of communication and care coordination, the Cutaneous Cancer program utilizes e-mail communication and telemedicine applications when appropriate. The program strives for timely communication and follow-up.

Consider these facts

  • Cutaneous malignancies comprise the largest group of all human cancers.
  • About 1.4 million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed annually.
  • The most common forms of skin cancers treated are basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma.
  • There are 54,000 new cases of melanoma per year, and about 12,000 deaths are associated with this group of diseases annually.

Goals of Community’s Cutaneous Cancer program

  • Superior patient outcomes
  • Superior patient management and coordination
  • More effective multidisciplinary care and team approach
  • More efficient care, with a focus on patient and referral source convenience
  • Patient and referring physician communication that exceeds expectations
  • Utilization and coordination of local, home community health care services as available

2014 skin cancer screening results

In May 2014, Community Cancer Centers East and North took part in offering free skin cancer screenings to the public. The screening was done in conjunction with American Cancer Society and dermatologists certified by the American Academy of Dermatology. Dawes Fretzin Dermatology participated. A total of 61 participants were screened. The dermatologists recommended follow-up on four possible basal cell carcinomas. All participants were called by Community Cancer Care staff to make sure follow-up care was received.

If you would like to be screened for skin cancer, please call 800-777-7775 to see one of Community's dermatologists.

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