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Skin Cancer

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 14:08 Oncology
Skin Cancer

There are three types of skin cancer:

  • basal cell carcinoma (basal cell carcinoma)
  • squamous cell carcinoma (squamous cell)
  • melanoma

Basal cell carcinoma is usually clearly differentiated on the photos or during visual examination.
If the formation looks like a basal cell carcinoma, the patient can be immediately referred for MOHS surgery.
The cost of MOHS operations varies from $ 7,700 to $ 8,300, including histopathology and postoperative consultation. Removal of stitches 10-12 days after surgery, (cosmetic stitches).

Squamous cell carcinoma:

  • Initial consultation by dermatologist $ 550;
  • Biopsy and histopathological report $ 650;
  • Blood tests (biochemistry, lipids, liver serology, electrolytes, coagulation, tumor markers) - $ 770;
  • PET CT - $ 1,950;
  • Optional - CT with consultation by radiologist - $ 950;
  • Consultation of dermatological surgeon - $ 550

In cases of suspected melanoma the screening program is identical to that of squamous cell carcinoma. In case of melanoma PET CT is mandatory ($ 1,950). Patients often bring biopsies for revision. Biopsy revision costs $ 600, and lasts about 2-3 days.
After the diagnosis is confirmed the patient is referred to the National Melanoma Institute ("Ella") at "Tel Hashomer" hospital. Our patients are treated by the Institute's Director Professor Jacob Schechter.
When tumor is localized operation is recommended, it is performed by a leading MOHS expert Dr. Baruh Kaplan.
In cast of metastatic melanoma the latest treatment is - Protocol TIL - a therapy of TIL cells with IL-2, which is carried out at the "Ella" Institute.
The treatment consists of the following stages:

  • One of metastatic tumors is surgically removed and TIL cells and cancer cells are extracted from it
  • If the process of cell' extraction is successful, TIL cells with optimal ability to kill cancer cells is isolated, and is subjected to reproduction/proliferation. It is a complicated process.
  • Providing the extraction of TIL cells is successful, the chances that these cells will be able to destroy existing cancer cells, is about 50%.
  • If the process of extracting the TIL cells in the lab doesn't produce suitable cells, the treatment program will be canceled. As an alternative, young TIL cells artificially grown in the laboratory will be used. These young TIL cells will be reproduced in the lab and injected into the patient's blood stream without laboratory screening.
  • If the extraction of TIL cells is successful, melanoma patients will be hospitalized for chemotherapy.
  • After chemotherapy, the patient receives an intravenous infusion of TIL cells prepared in the lab, along with IL-2.
  • Cost of the aforesaid TIL treatment is around 150,000-200,000$

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