Melanoma - Multidisciplinary Melanoma Program
The guidelines for melanoma management continue to change rapidly and the University of Michigan Multidisciplinary Melanoma Clinic is at the forefront of leading melanoma centers in the world. Roughly 10-20% of patients seen in the Multidisciplinary Melanoma Clinic have a significant change in management based on consultation using the most current guidelines and diagnostic aides. This multidisciplinary focus on melanoma - directed by the Department of Dermatology - is one of the most extensive anywhere. More than a thousand new patients from the Midwest and around the country are referred to the melanoma program each year. Patients in the program receive thorough, prompt diagnosis and treatment; in one afternoon, patients are assessed, staged, counseled and educated.
Each patient requiring multidisciplinary management is discussed at a twice monthly multidisciplinary tumor board conference, where close collaborative colleagues from dermatology, cutaneous oncology, dermatopathology, surgical and medical oncology, head and neck surgery, plastic surgery, nuclear medicine, ophthalmology, obstetrics and gynecology, psychiatry, radiation oncology, nursing and social work meet and collaborate in order to determine the best course of treatment and overall management for each individual patient and family. The Multidisciplinary Melanoma Clinic works closely with the patient, family and community physicians to minimize trips to U-M and coordinate follow-up care close to home.