The Skin Cancer Center
The Skin Cancer Center at
Harbor Plastic Surgery Center
11511 Canterwood Blvd NW, Suite 310
Gig Harbor, WA 98332
Hours: Tuesday – Friday: 8am – 4pm
Occasional Monday clinics
Statistics show more than two million people in the United States will be diagnosed with skin cancer this year, and 20% of all Americans will develop a skin cancer in their lifetime. Both alarming figures that have been on a steady climb and expected to continue to increase.
The only definitive way to diagnose skin cancer is with a biopsy. If you have a spot that looks suspicious and would like a plastic surgeon to biopsy it, call us. We offer same or next day biopsy appointments with results within 2 business days of the biopsy.
The Skin Cancer Center utilizes the Mayo Clinic model of treatment in which a cohesive network of medical specialists provides comprehensive skin cancer care. Patients have access to a team of specialists that can determine a personalized, case-specific plan of treatment including:
- Liquid Nitrogen – Topical application used to destroy to a non-melanoma lesion and its immediate surrounding tissue.
- ED&C (electrodessication and curettage) – Skin cancer cells are scraped away using a curette instrument then treated with an electrode current while electric current to destroy any remaining skin cancer cells.
- Simple Excision – Removal of a skin cancer and its surrounding margin then closed with stitches. Larger incisions may require a skin graft, flap, or reconstructive surgery.
- Radiation Therapy – High-energy rays used to kill cancer cells or shrink tumors. The beam of electrons is focused from outside the body onto the tumor directly.
- Mohs Surgery – Micrographically controlled surgery providing precise removal of cancerous tissue, sparing surrounding healthy tissue for maximum functional and cosmetic results. Excised tissue is examined immediately until adequate uninvolved margins have been achieved.
- Plastic Micrographic Surgery – A proprietary procedure pioneered by Dr. Justin Piasecki in which the same surgeon, trained in Mohs surgery and board certified in facial plastic surgery and plastic surgery, removes the cancer with Mohs surgery, then reconstructs using both cosmetic and reconstructive surgery techniques. For patients who require reconstruction after Mohs surgery, this is the most convenient and cost effective method.
- Lymph Node Dissection – Nodes located in the region of the primary melanoma are removed then viewed under a microscope for signs of cancer.
The extensive network of providers at The Skin Cancer Center include:
- Puget Sound Institute of Pathology
- Tacoma Radiation Oncology
- Franciscan Surgical Associates
- Harbor Plastic Surgery Center
About our Center and its Founder
The Skin Cancer Center is conveniently located in the quaint Tacoma suburb of Gig Harbor, an hour from Seattle and 45 minutes from Sea-Tac Airport. Map and Directions.
Patients come to our center from all over the world for our innovative, comprehensive skin cancer treatment approach. Our patient concierge services can help you with anything from planning your visit to our maritime community to transportation and home care following surgery.
Housed within Harbor Plastic Surgery Center adjacent to St. Anthony Hospital, The Skin Cancer Center has a Medicare-certified ambulatory surgery center, which allows patients to have reconstructive surgery following their Mohs surgery (cancer excision) on the same day in the same outpatient setting.
The Harbor Plastic Surgery Center Ambulatory Surgery Center is accredited by AAAHC, the most stringent deeming agency for surgery centers. This accreditation underscores the Center’s commitment to patient safety and continuous quality improvement.
The Skin Cancer Center was founded by Dr. Justin Piasecki, world-renowned surgeon double-Board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, who has dedicated his professional life to improving the care of skin cancer patients.
Dr. Piasecki also holds the distinct honor of being a skin cancer removal specialist as a member of the Mohs College. There is no Board Certification in Mohs surgery, however being a member of the Mohs College has similar requirements to Board Certification in other sub-specialties and is the highest level of certification available for Mohs surgery.
Mohs micrographic surgery was developed in the 1930’s by Dr. Frederick Mohs and is revered as the most precise and effective technique for removing Basal Cell Carcinoma and Squamous Cell Carcinoma. Mohs surgery provides a 99.25% cure rate as cancerous cells are completely removed leaving behind the smallest possible wound and maximum amount of healthy tissue. Dr. Piasecki’s specialized Mohs training and two plastic surgery certifications led him to develop Plastic Micrographic Surgery, combining both methods for the most effective and cosmetically pleasing treatment of skin cancer available.
Dr. Piasecki’s passion for the prevention of skin cancer led him to develop a non-profit line of beneficial skin care products. Proceeds are donated to organizations that provide opportunities for children in the areas of education, health and wellness.