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Melanoma Overview

  • The specialized Center for Melanoma Oncology at Dana-Farber Brigham Cancer Center is a multidisciplinary clinical care center and research hub. Uniting experts in laboratory and clinical research, our Center takes a comprehensive approach to conquering this aggressive form of skin cancer.

    Our experts work together to provide compassionate, comprehensive, and highly coordinated care for patients with melanoma. We offer an extensive array of treatment options, including advanced surgical procedures, radiation therapies, chemotherapy, melanoma clinical trials, immunotherapy, targeted therapies, and the full range of support services from a top-ranked hospital and leading cancer research center.

    Our specialists treat the complete spectrum of melanoma subtypes, including rare forms, such as:

    • Mucosal melanoma
    • Ocular melanoma
    • Acral lentiginous melanoma

    Other forms we treat include:

    • Superficial spreading melanoma
    • Nodular melanoma
    • Lentigo maligna melanoma
    • Desmoplastic melanoma (also known as neurotropic)
    • Melanoma of unknown primary
    • Atypical spitz/spitzoid melanoma
    • Amelanotic melanoma

    Exceptional Care for Patients with Melanoma

    • A highly specialized center focusing exclusively on melanoma treatment and research.
    • Expertise in all aspects of melanoma skin cancers, including treatment, prevention, and research.
    • Care tailored to the needs of our patients, from the first meeting through follow-up in the years to come.
    • Pioneering research in resistance mechanisms, genomic sequencing, and novel immunotherapy approaches.
    • Expert care provided during more than 4,000 patient visits each year.
    • Clinical trials, including cutting-edge immunotherapy, novel vaccines, targeted therapies, and innovative combinations of therapies, to treat stage III and stage IV melanoma.
    • Novel interventional techniques, including minimally-invasive surgical approaches.
    • Physician-scientists as part of your team, who work in our labs to develop the best treatments.
    • Close collaboration between surgical oncologists and plastic surgeons at Brigham and Women's Hospital.
    • A treatment plan developed by a multidisciplinary team that works closely together to ensure that every approach is considered.
    • Appointment scheduling to coordinate visits with your oncologist, surgeon, dermatologist, and other specialists, on the same day whenever possible.

    We Treat You, Not Just Your Cancer

    Our entire team is here to support you throughout treatment and during recovery. You and your family have access to our full range of support services, including social work, nutrition counseling, rehabilitation and physical therapy, support groups, and integrative therapies.

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