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Melanoma and skin cancer

We have assembled a team of melanoma experts that makes its program one of the best in the nation. Our faculty represents the departments of medical oncology, oncologic surgery, thoracic surgery, otolaryngology, neuro-oncology, dermatology, radiation oncology, radiology and pathology. Included are national leaders in melanomas, recognized experts in the treatment of melanoma and skin cancers at national cooperative groups and other institutions.

Special honors

  • Several team members are among the “Best Doctors in the U.S.” and several have written and edited articles and book chapters on melanoma and skin cancers
  • They are actively involved in clinical research in melanoma as part of our National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center

Conditions treated

  • Patients with previously untreated local-regional cancers of the skin, especially, melanoma
  • Patients who have undergone surgery for malignancies of the skin before being seen at the institute
  • Any patient with melanoma or other cutaneous malignancies who specifically requests being seen by the melanoma team at the Institute to initiate treatment or for a second opinion

Signs and symptoms

  • Change in the size, shape, color, or feel of an existing mole
  • Melanomas have a black or blue-black area


Skin cancer or melanoma is diagnosed by conducting a physical exam and a biopsy.


Options for treatment include surgery, chemotherapy and/or radiation.

What our team provides:

  •  On the day of appointment, each patient receives personal attention from the institute’s Melanoma Team staff person and the appropriate team member.
  • A team physician evaluates the patient, reviews all records, requests any needed additional testing and presents the case to the multidisciplinary team.
  • After the team conference, this physician shares the team’s recommendations with the patient and family members. If other testing is required or if other specialists need to be seen as part of the proposed therapy, those appointments are made the same day or as soon as is convenient for the patient.

Support groups and screenings:

Karmanos Cancer Institute offers the following support groups for cancer patients and their families:

  • Women Achieving Victory & Esteem is a monthly support group for female cancer patients only (any type, any stage).
  • Latina Cancer Support Group/Unidas En Victoria Contra El Cancer meets twice a month and is a support group for Spanish-speaking women with cancer. Location/Sítio: Most Holy Redeemer Church, 1721 Junction St., Detroit, MI 48209.
  • Brothers Reaching & Achieving Victory & Esteem  is a monthly support group for male cancer patients only (any type, any stage).
  • For more information about support groups, click here.