High-Risk Skin Cancer Clinic

The UCSF High-Risk Skin Cancer Clinic provides the most advanced medical and surgical care for patients at high risk for nonmelanoma skin cancer. These include:

  • Organ and bone marrow transplant recipients
  • People with certain genetic syndromes, such as basal cell nevus syndrome, Bazex syndrome, Rombo syndrome and xeroderma pigmentosum
  • Leukemia and lymphoma patients, including those with chronic lymphocytic leukemia and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma
  • Patients with long-term iatrogenic immunosuppression – a suppressed immune system caused by medical treatment
  • Those with long-term HIV
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Our Services

Our experts provide the following services:

  • Early intervention for nonmelanoma skin cancer
  • Access to dermatologists and dermatologic surgeons
  • Prompt surgical care to maximize cure rates
  • Individually designed treatment plans
  • Patient education to prevent nonmelanoma skin cancer

More Information

For more information about transplant recipients and skin cancer, see "What Transplant Patients Need to Know About Skin Cancer" on the UCSF Department of Dermatology site.

Information for medical professionals is also available on the department site.

Doctor referral required

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      Designated comprehensive cancer center

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    What to Bring

    • Photo I.D.
    • Health insurance card
    • Insurance authorization, if required
    • Doctor's referral, if required
    • Recent test results related to your condition
    • List of your medications, including dosages, plus any you're allergic to
    • List of questions you may have
    • Device or paper for taking notes

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