The Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center established the Melanoma Program in 1994, an interdisciplinary clinic for patients with a diagnosis of malignant melanoma. As patients with melanoma at any stage receive comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services in one visit from medical oncology, surgical oncology and oncologic dermatology. Each patient is entered into the oncology data base to develop a basis for future trials and management of malignant melanoma.
This multidisciplinary clinic runs on Fridays from 7:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. and the surgical oncology aspect usually extends to 4:30 p.m.
There have been more than 500 patients treated and regularly followed at the Melanoma Clinic and 40-50 patients visit the clinic weekly. The Melanoma Program is also part of several Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simor Cancer Center Research projects including ECOG and a host of clinical trials.
The Melanoma Program team also includes a full-time oncology nurse-coordinator and several part-time assistants. Specialty presentations highlight pertinent topics regarding malignant melanoma.
Physicians in training will be encouraged to participate in our clinic and will be informed of our progress.