Skin cancer information for patients

Diagnosing and treating common and rare skin cancers

Cancer

Your appointment

We run several different skin cancer clinics. For details of these clinics, including locations and what to expect at your appointment, see the clinics list below.

  • Changing or cancelling your appointment

    If you need to change or cancel your appointment, please let us know as soon as possible:

    • skin cancer screening clinic – call 020 7188 6422, 020 7188 6423 or 020 7188 6387
    • for all other skin cancer clinics including melanoma, lymphoma and graft versus host disease – call 020 7188 6306.
  • Before your appointment

    For appointments at all our clinics, please remember to bring with you a list of any medicines you're taking and drug allergies. If you're taking Warfarin, please also bring your latest INR result.

    If you are coming to the skin cancer screening clinic, please allow four hours from the start of your appointment time. This is to allow for any additional tests, such as a biopsy, that may need to be carried out.

  • After your appointment

    If you're diagnosed with skin cancer, your GP will receive a notification within 24 hours.

    All patients with skin cancer will be given a key worker, called a clinical nurse specialist. They will meet with you and provide details of who to contact if you have any concerns between your appointments.

    If you are waiting for biopsy results from the skin cancer screening clinic, and you have not heard from us within four weeks, please call our pathway manager on 020 7188 6423 or 020 7188 6387.

Clinics

  • Skin cancer screening clinics

    • tel: 020 7188 6423
    • location: dermatology, third floor, Southwark Wing, Guy's Hospital
    • frequency: weekly on Tuesday mornings and Fridays
    • clinical lead: Dr Natalie Attard.

    Download map to the dermatology department, Southwark Wing (PDF 38Kb).

    In this clinic, we see patients with suspected skin cancer who are referred by their GP.

    Your appointment will be with a consultant dermatologist or a senior member of their team. You may also have:

    • an examination of all your skin as well as the growth of concern
    • examination with a dermatoscope (a magnifier for examining skin)
    • photographs
    • a discussion about sun protection measures.

    If any further tests are needed, such as a skin biopsy under local anaesthetic, we will aim to do this on the day. Please allow four hours for your appointment and any tests that may be carried out. You will be informed of the results by letter or appointment within four weeks.

    If further skin surgery is needed, you may be referred to our Dermatology Surgery and Laser Unit (DSLU) at St Thomas’ Hospital.

    Specialist skin cancer nurse support is available at this clinic.

  • Skin clinic for patients with organ transplants

    • tel: 020 7188 6423
    • location: dermatology, third floor, Southwark Wing, Guy's Hospital
    • frequency: weekly on Tuesday mornings
    • clinical lead: Dr Mary Wain. 

    Download map to the dermatology department, Southwark Wing (PDF 38Kb)

    All patients with solid organ transplants should be seen regularly by a dermatologist for skin screening and skin cancer prevention measures. In this clinic, you will be seen by a consultant dermatologist and or clinical nurse specialist.

  • Graft versus host disease clinic

    • tel: 020 7188 8462
    • location: dermatology, ground floor, Bermondsey Wing, Guy's Hospital
    • frequency: weekly on Tuesday mornings
    • clinical lead: Dr Fiona Child.

    Download map to the dermatology department, Bermondsey Wing (PDF 40Kb).

    Patients with graft versus host disease will be referred from other centres and seen by a consultant dermatologist.

    Treatment options may include state-of-the-art extracorporeal photophoresis or light therapy. In this treatment, a nurse will connect you to a machine by a drip. Your blood then goes through the machine and some of the white blood cells are removed. These are then treated with a drug, which is activated by ultraviolet light to destroy the abnormal immune cells. The treated cells are then added back into your vein.

  •  Cutaneous lymphoma clinics

    • tel: 020 7188 7188 ext 51633
    • location: dermatology, ground floor, Bermondsey Wing, Guy's Hospital
    • frequency: weekly on Monday afternoons
    • clinical lead: Professor Sean Whittaker.

    Download map to the dermatology department, Bermondsey Wing (PDF 40Kb).

    Patients with cutaneous lymphoma (many from all over the UK) will be seen in this weekly clinic. This visit may involve further investigations, such as blood tests and skin biopsies under local anaesthetic. If you need to have further investigations or treatments, this will be discussed in detail by a consultant dermatologist and clinical oncologist.

    A wide variety of treatment options will be considered including treatment specifically for the skin (for example, phototherapy or radiotherapy) as well as forms of immunotherapy and chemotherapy.

    Specialist skin cancer nurse support, clinical psychology support and patient discussion groups are available at this clinic.

    You may want to discuss the possibility of being involved with any ongoing clinical trials.

  • Cutaneous lymphoma chemotherapy clinic

    • tel: 020 7188 6375
    • location: dermatology, ground floor, Bermondsey Wing, Guy's Hospital
    • frequency: weekly on Wednesday afternoons
    • clinical lead: Dr Stephen Morris.

    Download map to the dermatology department, Bermondsey Wing (PDF 40Kb).

    Patients with cutaneous lymphoma who are having chemotherapy or radiotherapy may be seen for additional monitoring in this clinic.

    Specialist skin cancer nurse support is available at this clinic.

  • Melanoma clinic

    • tel: 020 7188 7188 ext 51633
    • location: dermatology, ground floor, Bermondsey Wing, Guy's Hospital 
    • frequency: weekly on Thursday mornings
    • clinical lead: Dr Katie Lacy.

    Download map to the dermatology department, Bermondsey Wing (PDF 40Kb).

    Patients with melanoma stage 1B and above are seen in this clinic. Care and treatment is provided by specialists in dermatology, plastic surgery and oncology.

    Your treatment will be discussed in detail by one or more members of the team and may include:

    • investigations such as a PET CT scan or MRI
    • further surgery
    • sentinel lymph node biopsy
    • chemotherapy or immunotherapy.

    You may also want to discuss the possibility of being involved with any ongoing trials, which include the latest trials of the BRAF inhibitors

    Specialist skin cancer nurse, clinical psychology support and patient discussion groups are available at this clinic.

  • Multiple mole clinics

    • tel: 020 7188 6265
    • location: dermatology, ground floor, Bermondsey Wing, Guy's Hospital
    • frequency: weekly on Wednesday afternoons
    • clinical lead: Dr Katie Lacy.

    Download map to the dermatology department, Bermondsey Wing (PDF 40Kb).

    In this clinic patients with multiple 'atypical' moles and other risk factors for melanoma are closely followed up using mole mapping photography and dermoscopy.

    This allows for earlier detection of melanoma and skin cancer education in a high risk group of patients.

    Patients are usually referred to this clinic from our skin cancer screening clinic.

    Specialist skin cancer nurse support is available at this clinic

Discussion group for patients, family and friends

  • Skin lymphoma discussion group

    Our group is an opportunity for patients and their family members/friends to get together to discuss experiences of living with a diagnosis of skin lymphoma and hearing from members of the clinical team on topics of interest. Whether you have been diagnosed recently, or a long time ago, it may provide an opportunity to ask questions and think about the impact of the condition and treatment with others who are in a similar position.

    Contact

    Danuta Orlowska, clinical psychologist, email danuta.orlowska@gstt.nhs.uk or tel: 020 7188 7188 ext 51874 for more information.

    Location

    Psychiatry seminar room, 4th floor, Tower Wing, Guy’s Hospital, Great Maze Pond, London SE1 9RT

    Time

    The discussion group meets from 12.30pm to 1.50pm.

    Dates for 2019


    Monday 9 September

    Art, skyscrapers and diagnosing lymphoma

    Presented by Dr Alistair Robson, consultant dermatopathologist (previously worked at Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital)

    Monday 14 October

    Talk by physiotherapists (topic to be confirmed)

    Presented by Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital physiotherapists Rachael George and Toni Wyatt.

    Monday 11 November

    Question and answer session with Professor Sean Whittaker, consultant dermatologist at Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital

    Submit questions in advance by email to danuta.orlowska@gstt.nhs.uk or leave voicemail message on 020 7188 7188 ext 51874.

    Monday 9 December

    Creative session led by an artist (our usual colourful December session)

    Take part or watch if you prefer.

 

 

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