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Skin cancer treatment in Israel

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The best oncologists for skin cancer treatment in Israel

Ronnie Shapira-Frommer
Work experience: over 20 years

Specialties: Oncology, Melanoma specialist.

Ronnie Shapira, MD. is an Oncologist at The Ella Institute for Immuno-Oncology in Sheba Medical Center which is implementing some of the world’s most advanced and unique treatment methodologies for melanoma and skin cancer. She is a Head of Onco-Gynecological cancer unit, leading the treatment of gynecological malignancies at the Oncology Institute.

Professional Expiriense:

Dr. Shapira-Frommer received her medical degree from Tel Aviv University, with a specialty in internal medicine. In 2004, she began working at Sheba, specializing in oncology. In 2010, she was appointed as a senior physician in the field of gynecology and oncology at the Ella Institute for Immuno-Oncology. Additionally, she became Head of the Gynecologic Oncology Unit at the Cancer Center in 2015.


  • Director of the Ella Institute for Immuno-Oncology;
  • Head of the Onco-Gynecological Unit, Cancer Center.
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Yakov Shekhter
Work experience: over 30 years

Professor Yakov Shekhter is Israel’s leading specialist in the treatment of skin tumors, the head of the country’s only center for the study of skin diseases, and the coordinator of research and development of immunotherapeutic drugs for the treatment of melanoma.

Deputy Head of the Oncology Department of the Medical Center named after Chaim Shiba, head of the Ella Institute for Research and Treatment of Skin Cancer.

Scientific activity:

  • Professor of the Faculty of Medicine. Sackler Tel Aviv University, Israel.
  • Participant and developer of clinical studies of innovative methods of treating oncological diseases, combining radiation and drug therapy.
  • Author of over 50 scientific articles and publications.

Participation in professional organizations:

  • Chairman of the Forum of the Israeli Association for the Study of Melanoma;
  • Israeli Association of Oncology and Radiotherapy;
  • International Society of Biotherapy.
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Yosi Alkalay
Work experience: over 25 years

Professor Yossi Alkalay is a leading Israeli dermatologist, a world-class specialist in the treatment of dermatological and venereal diseases. Recognized medical expert, the first specialist to use the MOHS method in Israel to operate on oncodermatological diseases.


Professor Alkalay completed his studies with honors from the Sackler School of Medicine at Tel Aviv University. He specialized in venereology and dermatology at the hospital named after I. Rabin. For 3 years he improved his professional skills at the Oncology Center named after M. D. Anderson University of Texas. After which he studied the technique of performing operations using the MOHS method at the Baylor Medical College in Houston.

Scientific activity:

  • Oncodermatologist Yosef Alkalay is the founder and chairman of the Israeli Society of Dermatological Surgery under the Israeli Medical Union. The professor founded a community for microsurgical resection of skin cancer tumors.
  • Yosef Alkalay developed a curriculum that is widely accepted and used in medical colleges in Israel and the United States.
  • Yosef Alkalay authored about 100 works published in reputable specialized medical publications. The professor is often invited to give lectures on the topic of skin cancer and MOHS surgery in various foreign organizations and major medical centers in Europe and the USA.

Membership in international associations:

  • President of the Israeli Society of Dermatology and Venereology (ISDV);
  • Consultant of the Israeli Society of Oncology on dermato-oncology (ISCO);
  • European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology (EADV);
  • Secretary of the European Society for Micrographic Operations (ESMS);
  • American Academy of Dermatology (AAD);
  • American Society of Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS);
  • Council Member of the American Skin Cancer Association (ASSCF);
  • Secretary of the International Society of Dermatological Surgery (ISDS).
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Ido Wolf
Work experience: over 30 years

Specialist in oncology, head of the oncology department at the Sourasky Medical Center, chairman of the National Council for Prevention, Diagnosis and Treatment of Malignant Diseases.


  • 1984-1990 – Faculty of Medicine of Be’er Shev University.
  • Master’s degree – medical faculty named after Sackler, Department of Post-Baccalaureate Studies, Tel Aviv University.
  • 1997-2001 – Therapy. Therapeutic department Hay Medical Center named after Shiba
  • 2002-2008 – Oncology. Oncology sector of the Medical Center named after Shiba

Academic activity:

  • 2000-2011 – Instructor at the Faculty of Medicine named after Sackler, Tel Aviv University.
  • Since 2011, a senior lecturer at the medical faculty named after Sackler, Tel Aviv University.
  • Since 2006 – Academic supervisor of students studying at the 2nd and 3rd academic degrees at the Faculty of Medicine named after Sackler, Tel Aviv University.

Author of 60 presentations at scientific conferences and more than 40 professional publications in specialized international publications.

Membership in professional organizations:

  • SCORT Association of Clinical Oncology and Radiotherapy Physicians (Israel);
  • Society of Israeli Endocrinologists IES;
  • Association of doctors specializing in the therapy of neuroendocrine tumors INETS (Israel);
  • Association of oncologists ASCO (USA);
  • AACR Association for Cancer Research (USA).
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Eli Sprecher
Dermatologist, dermatovenerologist
Work experience: over 30 years

Professor Eli Sprecher is a leading expert in the treatment of melanoma, as well as a wide range of different skin diseases.


  • Faculty of Medicine, Technion University (Haifa).
  • PhD in Genetics of Skin Diseases, Thomas Jefferson University (Philadelphia, USA).
  • Residency in Skin and Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Professional activity:

  • 2001-2008 – Head of the Laboratory of Molecular Dermatology, Department of Dermatology, Rambam Medical Center, Haifa;
  • 2002-2008 – Senior physician, Department of Dermatology, Rambam Medical Center, Haifa;
  • 2006-2008 – Deputy Director of the Rappaport Medical Research Institute, Technion, Haifa;
  • 2007-2010 – Head of the Center for Applied Genetics, Rappaport Medical Research Institute, Technion, Haifa;
  • 2008 – Head of the Department of Dermatology at the Tel Aviv Medical Center Ichilov-Sourasky.

Scientific activity:

  • more than 220 presentations at scientific conferences;
  • more than 180 professional publications.
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Guy Lahat
oncologist surgeon
Work experience: over 20 years


  • abdominal oncology surgery;
  • removal of gastrointestinal sarcomas;
  • removal of neuroendocrine tumors of the gastrointestinal tract;
  • pancreatic surgery;
  • reconstructive operations on the esophagus, stomach and intestines.

Education and clinical experience:

  • 1998 – Faculty of Medicine at the Hebrew University (Jerusalem, Israel), general surgery;
  • 1999-2006 – clinical practice in a general surgical department;
  • 2007-2009 – advanced training at the Anderson Cancer Center (Houston, USA).

Author of more than 20 scientific articles.

Membership in specialized organizations:

  • Israeli Association of Abdominal Oncology;
  • Israeli Medical Association;
  • Association of Surgeons of Israel;
  • Society of Surgical Oncology (USA);
  • Scientific community of Sackler University.
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Patient reviews about skin cancer treatment in Israel
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Diagnosis: melanoma

 I would like to thank Dr. Esther Azizi for saving my life. I was diagnosed with melanoma in the shoulder blade area. I lived in hot countries for a long time, and most likely this was the reason. I went to Israel for treatment because my friends were treated there and were more than satisfied. At the Sheba clinic, Dr. Azizi treated me and she removed the tumor using the new Mohs method. The cosmetic effect of the operation is more than good, but the main thing is that the tumor was completely removed! After a series of tests that confirmed that there were no more cancer cells, I went home. Words cannot describe the happiness that I experienced after recovery. I just want to say a huge thanks to the Israeli doctors and Dr. Esther Azizi personally.

Diagnosis: Basal cell skin cancer

Basal cell skin cancer measuring 1×0.6 cm was removed by Ilan Goldberg with a laser. No additional anticancer treatment was required because there were no metastases in my case. But I still go through surveillance just to be on the safe side.

Diagnosis: stage 3 skin melanoma

A couple of years ago I had a mole removed. After removal, it began to itch and change. At first I thought that it had not been completely removed or that complications had developed. They did a biopsy and it turned out to be stage 3 skin melanoma. There are metastases in the liver. We urgently need to fly to Israel for treatment. In a video consultation, Yakov Schechter said that metastasis must be stopped immediately.

Diagnosis: melanoma

A formation similar to a mole appeared on the face. I went to the clinic to have it removed, and they told me it was melanoma. To understand how serious my condition is, I had a video consultation with Ilan Goldberg. He said that in my case the prognosis is favorable, the tumor can be removed in a gentle way.

Diagnosis: basal cell skin cancer

I developed some kind of tumor near my right nostril. I tried to disguise it with foundation for about 1 year. I thought it was just a manifestation of constant stress and reduced immunity. I got scared when a bleeding ulcer appeared at the site of the tumor.

I visited an oncologist at a city clinic. He sent me to the Samara Oncology Center. Here I was tested and diagnosed with basal cell skin cancer. The oncologist asked why I waited so long. He threatened to cut off half of my nose.

I was not ready for such an answer and started looking for another clinic. I found a lot of positive reviews about the treatment of my disease at the Israeli Assuta Hospital. That’s where I headed. As a result, I was operated on. The doctor has golden hands: the scar is so small that the people around me cannot see it.

Diagnosis:  skin melanoma

 I experienced photodynamic therapy after a cancer recurrence. I was treated for skin melanoma in Israel at the Sheba Medical Center. A medicine was injected into the body, which, when irradiated with a laser, burns out tumor cells. Now I regularly undergo a full examination to make sure that there will be no more melanoma.

Diagnosis: Kaposi's sarcoma

I suffered a lot with Kaposi’s sarcoma, because here in St. Petersburg the doctors could not stop the progression of the disease, they offered me chemotherapy, but I refused, this is already an extreme measure. I managed to achieve remission in the Israeli Sheba clinic. There, the doctors examined me for a long time and carefully, and as a result, they selected an individual treatment that helped me.

Diagnosis: skin melanoma

I underwent TIL therapy at the Assuta clinic. This is an innovative method that has proven to be very effective for skin melanoma. The tumor has shrunk significantly.

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Programs for skin cancer treatment in Israel

Diagnosis of skin cancer

  • Duration of stay in Israel: 7 days
  • Day 1: Doctor consultations, histology review
  • Day 2: Blood test, PET-CT
  • Day 7: Consultation on examination results and treatment prescription

Surgery to remove skin cancer

  • Hospitalization: 1 day
  • Duration of stay in Israel: 6 days
  • 1 day: Meeting at the airport, examination, consultation
  • 2 day: Surgery, hospitalization
  • 3 day: Discharge from the hospital and accommodation in a hotel
  • 5 day: Control consultation
  • 6 day: Transfer to the airport

Radiation therapy in the treatment of skin cancer

  • Hospitalization: Outpatient
  • Duration of stay in Israel: 11-30 days
  • 1 day: Meeting at the airport, examination, consultation
  • days 2-10/29: Irradiation, daily (except weekends)
  • 11-30 day: Transfer to the airport
How is skin cancer treatment different in Israel?

Treatment of melanoma in Israel, as well as non-melanoma skin cancer, is distinguished by the use of innovative techniques and drugs. For example, patients of Israeli clinics, including foreign ones, have access to:

  • skin cancer treatment in Israelcombined personalized, targeted therapy and new-generation immunotherapy;
  • innovative radiation therapy – DaRT brachytherapy for recurrent squamous cell skin cancer;
  • TIL cell immunotherapy for metastatic melanoma.

In the most difficult cases, in the absence of effect from second-line therapy, skin cancer treatment in Israel allows patients to participate in clinical studies of experimental techniques. For example, in patients with progressive melanoma, Israeli oncodermatologists use:

  • personalized mRNA vaccine;
  • intratumoral administration of the immunodrug Tavo and the oncolytic virus T-VEC;
  • transplantation of intestinal microbiota, which enhances the therapeutic effect of immunotherapy.

  According to Israeli clinics, the overall 5-year survival rate of patients with melanoma is 94%. This is the highest rate in the world, which is currently achievable only in the treatment of melanoma in the USA, Israel, and Germany. At the same time, the cost of treating melanoma and other skin tumors in Israel is significantly less.

Skin cancer treatment in Israel is a guarantee that the patient will receive the most modern therapy available in global oncology.

What skin cancer is best treated in Israel?

melanoma treatment in IsraelThe use of various combinations of immuno-oncological and targeted drugs of the latest generation in the treatment of skin cancer in Israel, which are not used in many other countries, provides a significant advantage for patients:

  • with stages II-IV melanoma and its relapses;
  • with advanced stages of basal cell and squamous cell skin cancer;
  • with rare skin cancers, such as Merkel cell carcinoma.

Immunotherapy and targeted therapy in Israel give patients with metastatic melanoma a chance of recovery. These treatments have been scientifically proven to be more effective for melanoma than chemotherapy. This causes fewer side effects. Therefore, it can be used in patients for a long time and maintain a good quality of life.

How is melanoma different from non-melanoma skin cancer?

How does melanoma differ from non-melanoma skin cancerMelanoma, unlike non-melanoma – basal cell or squamous cell carcinoma, is an aggressive malignant tumor. Despite improvements in diagnostic and treatment methods, the incidence of melanoma is increasing.

However, treatment of melanoma in the early stages is not a problem: surgery ensures complete recovery. However, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), less than half of patients consult doctors with stage I of this cancer.

Successful therapy for melanoma, starting from stage II, includes immunotherapy and targeted therapy, which is carried out in full only in clinics abroad, primarily in the USA and Israel. At the same time, the price of melanoma treatment in Israel is significantly lower, and the medical services are the same quality.


How is skin cancer diagnosed in Israel?

skin cancer diagnosis in IsraelIsraeli oncodermatologists, experts in dermatology and oncology, examine all suspicious skin lesions using a dermatoscope. You can also attach a camera to the “skin microscope” with a built-in light source and a magnifying glass with 10-20x magnification. Therefore, dermatoscopy makes it possible to take pictures and study them on a computer monitor.

Using the latest generation digital dermatoscopes, Israeli specialists:

  • perform epiluminescence microscopy of neoplasms – examination using polarized light of deep layers of skin that are not visible during regular examination;
  • Carry out computer digital analysis of images of all suspicious formations on the skin.

The qualifications and experience of Israeli oncodermatologists, advanced equipment, and computer technology allow us to identify in 100% of cases:

  • precancerous skin conditions;
  • non-melanoma cancer (most often basal cell carcinoma (basal cell carcinoma) and squamous cell skin cancer;
  • melanoma;
  • others, including rare skin neoplasms.

After dermatoscopy, the doctor performs an excisional biopsy – excision of the tumor using special instruments. Using laboratory microscopic examination, the histology of the obtained tissues, the type of malignant cells, and the stage are determined, including thickness, depth of tumor penetration into the skin, and several other indicators of cancer aggressiveness. Diagnosis of melanoma as the most malignant skin tumor has several features.

How is a patient with melanoma examined in Israel?

PET-CT for the treatment of melanoma in IsraelMelanoma quickly metastasizes: with a tumor thickness of up to 1 mm, they are detected in 2% of patients. For tumors more than 4 mm thick, metastases are found in 45% of patients. In 95% of cases, the first metastases appear in regional lymph nodes.

Therefore, in Israel, diagnosis of this type of cancer includes the following studies:

  • search for metastases using MRI, PET-CT;
  • sentinel lymph node biopsy.

The sentinel lymph node is the first node to develop metastases when malignant cells spread beyond the primary tumor. It is visualized by injecting a radiopharmaceutical into the tumor area. A biopsy of such a lymph node makes it possible to determine the stage of the disease as accurately as possible.

Also, in Israel, an immunohistochemical examination of cells is performed to detect melanoma biomarkers, such as the mitotic index. Innovative oncotests InVitae and FoundationOne CDx can detect the presence of mutations in the BRAF, MEK, and C-KIT genes in order to prescribe targeted therapy.

How is skin cancer treated in Israel?

skin cancer treatment in Israel - surgeryThe main treatment method for non-melanoma skin cancer in Israel, which is usually detected in the early stages, is surgery. The doctor chooses a tumor removal technique depending on the following:

  • size, thickness, level of invasion (germination), and other characteristics of the tumor;
  • location;
  • condition and age of the patient;
  • expected cosmetic result.

Skin cancer treatment in Israel may include the following types of surgery:

  • excision and micrographic Mohs (Mohs);
  • laser;
  • electro- and cryosurgery.

If patients have contraindications to surgery, non-melanoma skin cancer can be treated with modern radiotherapy, which is as effective as surgery.

In the treatment of skin cancer in Israel, photodynamic therapy, local chemotherapy (chemo- and immunotherapeutic ointments and gels), and electrochemotherapy are also used.

Several targeted drugs of the latest generation are successfully used in Israel for the treatment of locally advanced and metastatic basal cell carcinoma and its relapses, for the treatment of advanced squamous cell carcinoma, a treatment protocol that includes targeted and immunotherapy is used. An effective immunotherapy drug currently used in Israel provides a partial or complete cure in 50% of patients with advanced squamous cell carcinoma.

Why is Mohs surgery often performed to treat skin cancer in Israel?

Mohs surgery (Mohs) is considered the gold standard treatment for non-melanoma skin cancer and some superficial melanomas in Israel. It is recommended for tumors located near the eyes, nose, lips, ears, scalp, fingers, toes, and genitals. Treatment of skin cancer in Israel using Mohs surgery is also carried out for large, ill-defined, rapidly growing recurrent tumors.

Mohs surgeryMohs micrographic surgery is:

  • safe outpatient surgical procedure under local anesthesia;
  • simultaneous histological examination of all layers of the tumor, which guarantees the most complete removal of malignant cells;
  • layer-by-layer removal of the tumor, which preserves healthy tissue and leaves a minimal scar on the skin;
  • the highest cure rate is 99% for primary non-melanoma skin cancer, up to 94% for relapse (according to data from Israeli and American clinics).

The exact cost of treating melanoma and other types of cancer in Israel using Mohs surgery can be obtained from the coordinating doctors of Experts Medical.

How is melanoma treated in Israel?

Melanoma surgeryIsraeli oncodermatologists completely cure stage I melanoma using a surgical procedure. The main methods of treating stage II-III melanoma in Israel are surgery, immunotherapy, and targeted therapy.

Melanoma surgery is a wide excision of the primary tumor without or with the removal of regional lymph nodes when malignant cells are detected in the sentinel lymph node. Patients with BRAF mutations, who account for 50% of cases, are treated with targeted therapy and immunotherapy. Patients without a BRAF mutation receive immunotherapy only.

Treatment regimens may include different classes of targeted and immuno-oncology drugs: interferons, interleukins, monoclonal antibodies, BRAF/MEK, and immune checkpoint inhibitors.

Although many patients with stage IV melanoma have the primary tumor removed, the mainstay of treatment is immunotherapy, including cell-based (TIL) and targeted therapy.

Chemotherapy is used in selected patients: most often, it complements the main course of treatment or is prescribed as second-line therapy. Conventional radiation therapy is not used to treat the primary tumor. Metastases in the brain, bones, and other body areas are treated with stereotactic radiotherapy and radiosurgery (Gamma Knife, CyberKnife).

In advanced cases, oncologists perform chemoembolization of liver metastases, chemotherapy-isolated perfusion of the limb affected by the tumor, and other high-tech methods of treating metastatic cancer.

At the same time, the price of melanoma treatment in Israel is significantly lower than in the USA and Germany, which have similar treatment success rates.

What is TIL therapy?

TIL (tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes) technology allows you to use your own “tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes” to destroy cancer cells. In melanoma patients, in the removed tumor, they often find single cells of their own immune system, which appeared in it to fight cancer. In laboratory conditions, a cell clone is grown from them, prepared for the destruction of melanoma cells. A huge amount of TIL is injected into the patient’s blood along with an immunodrug from the interleukins group.

Treatment of melanoma in Israel using TIL cell immunotherapy is carried out in several clinics.

Which skin cancer treatment specialists are considered the best in Israel?

skin cancer treatment specialistsTreatment of melanoma in Israel, as well as non-melanoma skin cancer, is successfully treated by qualified oncodermatologists in the Sourasky, Assuta, Rambam, and Beilison clinics. Israel also has outstanding world-class specialists:

Professor Yakov Schechter, who directs the Institute of Immuno-Oncology and Melanoma Research at the Sheba Clinic and collaborates with the American National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the MD Anderson Cancer Center;

Professor Michal Lotem, head of the Melanoma Research and Treatment Center at Hadassah Medical Center, specializes in treating this disease with oncolytic vaccines.

Experts Medical will help organize consultations with professors, as well as treatment of melanoma in Israel, by receiving an application on the website.

What is the cost of treatment for melanoma in Israel?

The final cost depends on many factors, including the number of necessary diagnostic and treatment procedures, the immunotherapy protocol, and targeted therapy, which is prescribed only after a complete examination and clarification of the stage of the disease. It also depends on the clinic’s status (private and public).

For example, dermatoscopy costs in Israeli clinics vary from $100 to $220. The estimated average price of melanoma treatment in Israel is $29,000-34,000.

Therefore, it is best to discuss the cost of melanoma treatment in Israel with the Experts Medical coordinating doctor, who will recommend a clinic and doctor taking into account the patient’s financial capabilities.

How to go to Israel for skin cancer treatment?

Leave a request on the Experts Medical website. Service specialists will quickly select a clinic and oncodermatologist for you with good reviews from patients, provide a treatment plan, help you create a travel budget, and organize comfortable conditions for your stay in the country. And also during treatment for skin cancer in Israel they will assist with any questions.

Help in treatment payment
We help with paperwork and communication with charitable foundations. Our patients have already received help in the amount of $1,4 mln since 2018.
Payment for treatment only to the clinic
All payment for treatment is done to the clinic after the patient's arrival. There are no overpayments.
Only verified doctors
We apply strict criteria for the selection of foreign doctors so that our patients are treated only by highly qualified doctors
Quick help
We will provide complete treatment arrangement in 3 hours in urgent cases
We are always in touch with patients
Caring support 24/7 at all treatment stages and during recovery.
The information on the page is provided for informational purposes only. It is not a guide to action and should not be considered as medical advice or recommendations for treatment from All decisions about the choice of treatment methods and medical care should be made only by a specialized doctor after examining the patient's medical situation.