The proper care of melanoma requires the cooperation of many different types of physicians with expertise in a wide variety of areas, including dermatology, surgical oncology, medical oncology, radiation oncology, diagnostic radiology, pathology, and basic research scientists.
Treatment at the Center begins with an initial evaluation to determine the most appropriate plan of care. The Center’s team of specialists meets weekly to discuss each patient’s treatment plan and progress and ensure an appropriate course of treatment for each.
Treatment options offered at the Center include:
- Wide local excision, removing approximately 1 cm of extra tissue around a skin melanoma
- Sentinel lymph node biopsy, in which a lymph node is removed through a mini incision in order to evaluate whether melanoma has spread
- Lymph node dissection, removal of lymph nodes to which a melanoma has spread
- Chemotherapy and radiation treatments