Skin Cancer Treatment

Nationally recognized skin cancer treatment

Scripps dermatologist Dr. Greenway examines a patient, representing the patient-first approach with skin cancer treatment at Scripps.

Nationally recognized skin cancer treatment

Scripps treats more skin cancer patients than any other San Diego health care provider, including rare and aggressive skin cancers. Scripps dermatologists and cancer physicians are national leaders in skin cancer treatments — including Mohs micrographic surgery, the most common treatment for aggressive skin cancer and have performed more Mohs procedures than any other center in Southern California. In addition, we train physicians nationwide through the Scripps Mohs fellowship program.


Scripps also was the first San Diego health care provider to use interferon to treat basal cell carcinomas. Our specialists are experts in all types of skin cancer, including difficult cases involving intricate areas and cosmetic reconstruction. Our multidisciplinary, collaborative board of cancer specialists reviews complex care plans to ensure patients receive the best possible care from diagnosis to recovery.

How is skin cancer treated?

Most early skin cancers are treated by removing the cancerous cells through various surgical procedures. Radiation therapy, laser treatment, chemotherapy or immunotherapy for skin cancer may be part of treatment if cancer has spread.

Skin cancer treatment options at Scripps

Scripps physicians diagnose skin cancers and treat them using leading-edge methods that may include Mohs surgery, laser therapy, immune response modifiers and more. Your skin cancer treatment plan will depend on the type of skin cancer you have and how early it’s found.

Our approach to treating skin cancer

Our multidisciplinary teams of dermatologists, oncologists, surgeons, pathologists, nurses and clinicians provide the most appropriate and personalized course of treatment for you. Should you need reconstructive surgery after treatment, our specialists are board certified. Learn more about how Scripps puts you at the center of care.

Skin cancer treatment locations

Scripps diagnoses and treats skin cancer at numerous locations throughout San Diego County. From Chula Vista and La Jolla to Encinitas and beyond, our extensive network of Southern California cancer care centers includes:


  • Four Scripps hospitals on five campuses
  • Outpatient clinics
  • Bighorn Mohs Surgery and Dermatology Center at Torrey Pines
  • Specialty cancer treatment centers


For details on specific centers and their services, visit cancer care locations.

Support groups, services and resources

As leaders in skin cancer care, we know what it takes to fight a winning battle. That’s why we equip our patients with the support and resources necessary to achieve their best possible outcome. From connecting you with support groups and services to empowering you with the latest resources and research, Scripps offers a comprehensive lineup to help you along every step of your cancer journey.