A London and Hertfordshire-based consultant dermatologist offering expert diagnosis and treatment for skin cancer with a special interest in melanoma, atypical mole syndrome, familial melanoma and family cancer syndromes.
Dr Veronique Bataille is Consultant Dermatologist at West Herts NHS Trust. She offers private screening, diagnosis and treatment for skin cancer at independent clinics in London and Hertfordshire:
- Princess Grace Hospital, London W1
- The Medical Chambers Kensington, London SW5
- Spire Harpenden Hospital, Hertfordshire
An experienced skin cancer specialist
Dr Bataille graduated from the Louvain Medical School in Brussels and undertook her dermatology training in London, initially at St John's Institute of Dermatology at St Thomas's Hospital and then at St George's Hospital. During this time she developed a particular interest in skin cancer and melanoma, completing a PhD on the genetic epidemiology of skin and eye melanoma at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund and the Royal London Hospital, and working for several months in the Sydney Melanoma Unit in Australia.
In 1996 Dr Bataille was appointed Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant Dermatologist at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry where she was lead clinician for the provision of melanoma clinical services. Now Skin Cancer Lead at West Herts NHS Trust and Network Lead for the Hertfordshire Skin Cancer Task Force, she provides specialist care for patients with skin cancer and continues to be involved in research on the role that genetics play in common skin disorders, including melanoma and other skin cancers.
What is melanoma skin cancer?
One of the most common cancers worldwide, skin cancer has two main types: non-melanoma and melanoma.
Accounting for 95% of cases, non-melanoma skin cancers usually develop in the outermost skin layer and tend to be very slow growing, presenting as a lump or lesion that does not heal. The risk of a non-melanoma skin cancer spreading to other parts of the body is low, especially if identified and treated early.
Melanoma skin cancer is a serious and rare type of the disease that often appears as a new mole, or as a change in an existing mole. Melanomas have certain characteristics that distinguish them from ordinary moles, easily summarised using the ABCDE checklist:
- Asymmetrical. Melanomas have an irregular shape and asymmetric halves.
- Border. Melanomas have a ragged, uneven border.
- Colours. Unlike normal moles, melanomas are a mix of two or more colours.
- Diameter. Melanomas are larger than normal moles (more than 6mm in diameter)
- Enlargement or evolution. A mole that changes in size or characteristics over time may
be a melanoma.
Expert diagnosis and treatment of melanoma skin cancer in Hertfordshire and London
Dr Bataille is highly experienced in the assessment of suspect skin lesions and moles, surgically removing the area for microscopic examination to determine whether cancer cells are present. In the case of a melanoma being diagnosed, a further operation may be necessary to remove a wider margin of skin and, if there is a concern that the cancer may have spread beyond the skin, a sentinel node biopsy to check the nearest lymph nodes for cancer cells may be performed.
If diagnosed early, surgical excision of the melanoma is often successful and the only form of treatment needed, however melanomas that have spread may need other types of cancer therapies and Dr Bataille works with allied health professionals such as oncologists and plastic surgeons to provide multidisciplinary skin cancer care where necessary.
Accreditation and admitting rights at private hospitals
Mr. Veronique Bataille is an accredited consultant for the UK's leading private healthcare providers and private hospitals including HCA Hospitals, Spire Healthcare.
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