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  • Melanoma Treatment Center

    Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Care

    The specialists at the Center for Melanoma Oncology focus exclusively on melanoma treatment and research. Our clinicians understand that cancer treatment can be challenging both physically and emotionally, and we'll work with you to create a care plan that takes your individual needs into account.

    About the Center

    Melanoma specialists talking

    The specialists at the Center for Melanoma Oncology at Dana Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center have expertise in all aspects of melanoma skin cancers, including treatment and prevention, research and clinical trials.

    Our clinicians focus exclusively on melanoma treatment. We work closely together to evaluate and treat patients with confirmed or suspected melanoma. Learn how we diagnose and treat melanoma.

    Our treatment team is made up of health care professionals from a variety of disciplines, including dermatologists, nurse practitioners, physician's assistants, pathologists, surgical and medical oncologists, plastic surgeons, and radiation oncologists.

    We understand that cancer treatment can be challenging both physically and emotionally. That knowledge guides our treatment approach and informs how our specialists work with you to create a care plan that takes your individual needs into account.

    Our patients, and their families, have access to a range of support services, including nutrition counseling, support groups, and integrative (or complementary) therapies such as meditation and Reiki.

    Our specialists have expertise in treating many forms of melanoma, including:

    • Melanoma
    • Intraocular melanoma
    • Mucosal melanoma

    Read our Insight blog for information and inspiration about Dana-Farber treatment and research for melanoma.

     

    Our Approach to Melanoma Treatment

    We know it can be time-consuming to make multiple trips to Boston for different treatments. At the Center for Melanoma Oncology, patients are able to arrange to see oncologists, surgeons, dermatologists, and other specialists on same day.

    Each week, our team of specialists reviews patient cases, and works together to decide how best to treat each one.

    Clinical trials

    The Center for Melanoma Oncology has a variety of clinical trials available for patients. Our trials include cutting-edge immunotherapy, chemotherapy, vaccines, and novel targeted therapies to treat Stage III and IV melanoma.

    Some studies are sponsored by external pharmaceutical companies, and others are developed in Dana-Farber's research labs.

    These clinical trials allow us to provide a broad range of treatment options for high-risk melanoma patients or patients with metastatic disease in a way that best fits the needs of each individual patient.

    Support services

    Treatment for melanoma impacts more than the body. Our patients have access to psychiatrists and psychologists, social workers, palliative care specialists, sexual health experts, and many other support specialists, programs, and services.

    The Treatment Team

    Melanoma Disease Center Leader

    F. Stephen Hodi, MD  

    Melanoma Associate Director

    Martin Mihm, MD

    Melanoma Clinical Director

    Patrick Ott, MD, PhD   

    Dermatology

    Nicole LeBoeuf, MD
    Jennifer Y. Lin, MD
    Martin Mihm, MD

    Medical Oncology

    Elizabeth Buchbinder, MD
    Rizwan Haq, MD
    F. Stephen Hodi, MD
    Patrick Ott, MD, PhD

    Radiation Oncology

    Ayal Aizer, MD, MHS
    Brian Alexander, MD, MPH
    Danielle Margalit, MD, MPH
    Jonathan Schoenfeld, MD, MPH
    Roy Tishler, MD, PhD

    Surgical Oncology

    Nancy Cho, MD
    Charles H. Yoon, MD, PhD

    Physician Assistants

    Meredith Davis, PA-C
    Maria Gargano, PA-C
    Jacqueline Link, PA-C (surgical)

    Program Nurses

    Nancy Bailey, RN, BSN, MBA, OCN
    Lisa Magarace, RN, BSN

    Research Nurses

    Kristina Kelley, RN, BSN, MPH
    Amanda Livengood, RN, BSN

    Clinical Research

    Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center offers a number of melanoma clinical trials. Our trials include studies in cutting-edge immunotherapy, chemotherapy, vaccines, and novel targeted therapies to treat Stage III and IV melanoma.

    Clinical research is a vital aspect of our mission. Our research not only gives current patients the opportunity to participate in clinical trials offering promising new treatments, but also aims to improve the lives of future generations of people with melanoma.

    We believe clinical research has a direct effect on clinical care, and our clinicians are actively involved in research. When questions arise in the clinic, clinician-researchers can answer them through clinical trials, and take the new knowledge back to the clinic where it can benefit patients.

    We aim to provide a broad range of options for high-risk melanoma patients or patients with metastatic disease, so that patients can be matched in trials that best fit their needs. Patients also have access to studies developed by specialists at other US medical centers.

    Contact Information

    New patients

    If you have never been seen before at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center, please call 877-442-3324 or use this online form to make an appointment. You may also call us directly at 617-632-6869.

    You may schedule your first appointment for as soon as the next day. After scheduling, one of our nurses will call you to answer your questions and help you prepare for the appointment.

    If you are a current Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's melanoma patient, please call the center's established patient line at 617-632-5055.

    Fax: 617-632-6727

    Referring physicians: 877-441-3324

    Mailing address

    Melanoma Treatment Center
    Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
    450 Brookline Ave.
    Boston, MA 02215-5450

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