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The Dermatology clinic at Broadgreen Hospital is the local centre for skin cancer diagnosis and treatment in Liverpool
If you come for an appointment you can expect:
It’s really important that skin cancer is diagnosed early to stop it spreading. You will be referred to the hospital if your GP spots something that needs investigation. Our consultant skin specialists (dermatologists) will see you within two weeks at the rapid lesion clinic. This is based at Broadgreen Hospital.
The dermatologist will examine your skin. It’s possible that the cancer can be spotted at this examination. Often the specialist will use a magnifying glass or hand held dermatoscope to look more closely at the lesion.
The doctor removes part or all of the lesion and sends it to the laboratory. It is analysed under a microscope by a pathologist. This is the only way to 100% identify skin cancer cells. It takes approximately one month for the results of urgent skin cancer biopsies at the hospital which means our patients get a quick and accurate diagnosis.
Sometimes we need to do further tests to see if the cancer has spread. The doctor will probably feel the lymph glands close to the cancer to see if any of them are enlarged.
Your test results are discussed by a multi-disciplinary team (MDT). They decide the best treatment path if cancer is discovered. You will be consulted fully so that you play a role in whatever treatment you receive.
Treatment types for skin cancer include:
All our patients are given the chance to get involved if suitable. We currently have two skin cancer trials open to recruitment:
You can find out more about the Clinical Research Unit by visiting the website here
The MDT is a group of experts including:
Contact Details for the Cancer Team : 0151 706 2000