Dr. Francis Cannizzo, Jane Seitz, RN, Dr. Richard Arenas, Chief, Surgical Oncology, Bonnie Meade
The Baystate Medical Center Department of Surgical Oncology uses an integrated team approach to skin cancer care where
- Plastic surgeons
- Medical oncologists
all work together to apply the expertise of different key disciplines to achieve the best possible patient outcomes.
Surgery is often the best course of action to treat the skin cancer, such as melanoma. Patients who require surgery, such as
- Skin biopsies,
- Wide re-excisions
- Sentinel lymph node biopsies
- Skin grafts
- Lymph node dissections
for removal of cancerous tumors, will meet with our surgical team, including Richard Arenas, MD, FACS and Francis Cannizzo, MD, PhD, FACS. They will proceed with surgery only after the team
- Reviews what is best for the patient from a medical perspective
- Takes into account any personal needs or preferences of the patient and family.
Patients who require surgery could also undergo chemotherapy treatment at the D’Amour Cancer Care Center.
Surgery and related treatment also focus on the patient’s overall health and well-being, including life-style changes, prevention, nutrition, spiritual issues, etc. We strongly believe that treating cancer means treating the entire person.
If you or a loved one ever face skin cancer, you can confidently put yourself in the hands of a deeply committed and compassionate team of experts. Baystate has state-of-the-art technology and experience in knowing which clinically proven approaches to skin cancer are best suited to the needs and medical history of each individual. This makes our integrated and holistic approach even more effective in treating skin cancer.