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Patients with melanoma, and other, less common skin cancers such as cutaneous T-cell lymphoma or Merkel cell cancer, are seen in this clinic. The clinic is based on a “comprehensive, one stop care” model: during a clinic visit, patients have the opportunity to be evaluated by any or all of the following physicians:
The COP also serves as a referral center for the management of non-melanoma skin cancer, including, squamous cell carcinomas in immuno-competent and immuno-suppressed patients, undifferentiated cutaneous carcinomas, Merkel cell carcinoma, and other epidermal and appendigeal malignancies. A unique aspect of the COP is the experience in management of patients with cutaneous lymphomas, including CD30 lymphoproliferative diseases.
Continuing in the pioneering footsteps of Dr. Evan Hersh, management of malignant melanoma in all stages remains one of the COP’s areas of greatest expertise. For patients with locally advanced or metastatic disease, the widest variety of conventional and experimental treatments is available. We have extensive experience with biologic therapy, biochemotherapy and vaccines in the treatment of melanoma. The multidisciplinary strengths of our program are exploited to maximize treatment options and, most importantly, likelihood of response.
As part of a COP visit, patients and their family members have an opportunity to receive the following types of skin cancer detection and prevention education from a health educator: