FDA approves drug that increases survival in melanoma patients

As a Board-Certified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon in Los Angeles, I devote a large portion of my practice to the treatment and prevention of skin cancers and the reconstruction of skin cancer defects. Although the treatment of patients with late stage melanoma is usually managed by oncologists, I wanted to share my excitement about the […]

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How many different types of Basal Cell Carcinoma do you know?

Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) can occur in several shapes and sizes. Test your knowledge: 1) Nodular BCC: These tumors present as a nodule on the skin and appear translucent or pearly in color. 2)Ulcerating (Infiltrating) BCC: These tumors present as an erosion or ulcer, commonly with overlying crusting and a rolled border. These are commonly […]

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14 important things you need to know about Skin Cancer (Melanoma, Basal Cell Carcinoma & Squamous Cell Carcinoma)

If you know me (or are my patient), chances are that you have heard me lecture you on more than one occasion about the importance of wearing sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher and other tactics to avoid sun burn and excessive UV exposure. However, you may also want to remember these very important facts, […]

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Lentigo Maligna & Lentigo Maligna Melanoma: Why so confusing?

Lentigo maligna is melanoma in situ (i.e. “pre-melanoma”) that occurs primarily on heavily sun-damaged skin of elderly individuals. It typically presents in the sixth and seventh decades of life.  Although many non-operative treatments have been used in the past to treat Lentigo maligna (i.e. cryotherapy, radiation therapy, laser ablation), these treatments all seem to be […]

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