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Skin Cancer

What we do:

The Skin Cancer Service provides care for patients with a suspected skin cancer diagnosis and a biopsy proven skin cancer diagnosis. Treatment for skin cancer is provided under the umbrella of the Dermatology and Plastic Surgery departments.

There are three one-stop clinics a week that see GP fast-track referrals. These clinics see suspected skin cancers within the Department of Health's two week wait rule. At the one-stop clinics, an excisional or incisional biopsy may be performed on the same day.

Weekly combined dermatology and plastic surgery skin cancer clinics are facilitated by a Consultant Dermatologist, a Plastic Surgeon and two Skin Cancer Clinical Nurse Specialists.

At this consultation, the skin cancer team discusses a diagnosis, treatment and care plan with the patient, should one be necessary, following the results of their skin biopsy.

Where appropriate, patients with a confirmed skin cancer diagnosis are referred to the Leeds Melanoma Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) for consideration of Sentinel Node Biopsy in accordance with their staging.

Where appropriate, we provide referral to the Leeds non-melanoma MDT for patients with a confirmed skin cancer diagnosis who require Moh's surgery.


The Team:

The skin cancer (MDT) consists of:

Dermatologists

Plastic Surgeons

Histopathologists

Radiologists

Clinical Nurse Specialists

MacMillan Care Coordinator

MDT Coordinator

Patient Pathway Facilitator

Receptionist

Medical Secretaries

Dermatology nurses

Plastic Surgery nurses


Feedback, complaints and compliments:

The skin cancer service complies with undertaking the regional/national patient satisfaction survey. Patient feedback is identified and action taken accordingly in relation to clinical governance. However, patients may contact their Key Worker at any time, should they have any concerns.

Translators and Interpreters:

Translators or interpreters can be arranged for appointments, if required.


Locations:

The Dermatology Skin Cancer Fast-track Service is located in D2, D Block at St Luke's Hospital.

Follow up surgery, when required, usually occurs under the Plastic Surgery Department at Bradford Royal Infirmary.

Contact details will be given to patients in relation to their individual care pathway.


Bradford Skin Cancer Service User Group:

Patients and their families are welcome to join our service user group in order to help us continue to improve our service.

Useful links: See Cancer Services Home Page