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Melanoma Treatment at the University of Colorado Cancer Center

Melanoma is a rare, but serious, form of skin cancer.

But, as the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in Colorado (and one of only 40 in the United States), the University of Colorado Cancer Center and the University of Colorado Hospital have one of the largest melanoma programs in the country.

Your source for expert care

We have extensive experience with all melanoma stages and types. We’ve treated hundreds of patients and our pathologists review thousands of difficult cases of pigmented lesions each year. Many patients seek us out for second opinions and expert care from all parts of the country.

They leave with a treatment plan tailored to their own needs. And this same expert team of doctors, nurses and specialists stays with you throughout your entire journey.

That may be one reason our 5-year survival rate for many kinds of cancer is up to 30% higher than state, regional and national averages.

To get connected to a dedicated team of melanoma experts, call us at (720) 848-0300.

Comprehensive Care from a Big Team

From your initial appointment and evaluation to treatment and aftercare, you’ll work with experts from many different care specialties.

 

  • Your team is made up of experts from many fields:  dermatologists, surgical oncologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists, nurses, social workers, geneticists and counselors.
  • Most of those you’ll meet specialize specifically in treating people with melanoma, supporting them and bringing them through rehabilitation.
  • Your medical team meets weekly to evaluate your melanoma symptoms, plan and deliver your treatment, manage any side effects and arrange aftercare support.
  • All of your records, consultations, test results and provider notes about you and your treatment are in an electronic medical record, available to all the doctors and specialists within the University of Colorado Hospital system who may be called in to help treat you and your condition. 
  • You also have access to complementary and alternative medicine through our doctor-led Center for Integrative Medicine. These individualized treatments can include massage therapy, acupuncture, and nutrition and exercise consultation.
  • You’ll be treated as a whole person. Cancer treatment at UCH is designed to support you and educate you and your entire support network.

Advanced Research and Treatment

As the regional leader in cancer research, treatment and support, we offer specialized care for melanoma not available anywhere else in Colorado. You get:

 

  • World-renowned experts in cancer diagnosis and staging, which are the crucial first steps for getting proper cancer care.
  • The most comprehensive and advanced radiation options for patients with melanoma.
  • Surgeons experienced in Mohs surgery, now recognized as the most precise method of removing skin cancer while causing minimal damage to surrounding healthy skin.
  • The region’s only Pigmented Lesions/Mole Mapping Clinic for patients who have a high risk of developing melanoma. Patients receive a complete skin examination with dermoscopy, which provides a clear and deep view into pigmented lesions in a matter of seconds.
  • Access to many new treatments, including the latest skin cancer drugs and vaccines through our involvement in clinical trials.
Melanoma

Melanoma at a Glance

  • Melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer. It begins in the pigment cells of the skin, often in a mole. It accounts for less than 5% of skin cancers.
  • Melanoma often spreads, but it can be cured if it is diagnosed and treated when the tumor is thin and has not deeply invaded the skin.
  • More than 68,000 new melanomas will be diagnosed in the United States each year. Incidence rates for melanoma have been increasing for at least 30 years. In recent years, the increases have been most pronounced in young Caucasian women and in older Caucasian men.
  • Melanoma is more than 10 times more common in Caucasians than in African Americans. It is also slightly more common in men than in women.

Source: American Cancer Society

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