Skin cancer (suspected)

If your physician suspects skin cancer (a suspicious spot on the skin), you may wonder what exactly is wrong, and what your treatment options are.

The Netherlands Cancer Institute offers rapid diagnostics for suspected skin cancer. If possible, all diagnostic tests required to diagnose you will take place on the same day. Your results will be discussed during a multidisciplinary team meeting involving all specialists (from our Dermatology and Pathology departments) involved in diagnosing and treating skin cancer. You will receive your results, as well as a preliminary treatment plan, directly after.

What to expect

Once your registration by your general practitioner or practicing physician is complete, you will be contacted by the Netherlands Cancer Institute’s clinical planning department. They will let you know whether rapid diagnostics is an option for you, and can tell you more about the process. We recommend bringing a loved one for support.

Preparation and tests

You will receive a letter from our planning department, containing information about what to bring to your consultation. Please read this letter carefully and fill out the questionnaire(s), if applicable. This can help you feel more prepared for your consultations, and will allow you to come up with questions before your visit. The exact diagnostic tests will depend on your personal situation

Rapid diagnostics for suspected skin cancer may involve a tissue biopsy or excision. Your results will take several weekdays to come in. You may need to come back for additional tests or consultations before a diagnosis can be made. Your physician will discuss what steps will be necessary to give you clarity about your diagnosis and treatment as soon as possible.

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