Today, there are nearly one million people living with melanoma in the U.S, and more than 160,000 Americans are expected to be diagnosed with melanoma in one year.
The good news is that with early, accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment, melanoma is highly treatable. When you choose the Multidisciplinary Melanoma Clinic at UofL James Graham Brown Cancer Center, you will be receiving the most advanced surgical and medical therapies for patients at all stages of this disease.
Our physicians are all professors at the University of Louisville School of Medicine with unique clinical expertise with melanoma and other skin cancers. Our specialists are not only the leading experts in the region, but are internationally recognized for their contributions to melanoma research and clinical care. We are at the forefront of testing new drugs to activate your immune system against incurable cancers, and we’ve developed immunotherapies that are less toxic and save more lives than standard chemotherapies. We were an early adopter of immunotherapies in the mid-2000s for melanoma, and we’re now a top site for immunotherapy trials.
UofL Brown Cancer Center provides the highest level of clinical cancer care in the region, access to the latest cancer research, and the benefits of a team-focused, multidisciplinary approach.
We mean that the clinical plan for each patient is:
Customized – you are not a case; you are a patient, and each individual’s care is tailored to the needs of the patient
Comprehensive – we consider the physical, emotional, psychological and social needs of each patient to ensure holistic care that provides the best care and outcomes possible
Coordinated – as your multidisciplinary melanoma team, all the physicians and specialists who are providing your treatment meet for a team conference to synthesize their efforts
Each member of your clinical team meets together in one room to collaborate and brings the best knowledge to the table to discuss your diagnosis and determine the best course of treatment moving forward. This approach ensures that each and every patient receives the ideal combination of treatments and therapies.
Your team includes surgical, medical and radiation oncologists. But because we know cancer treatment is not just about medical care, it’s about patients – your team may also include social workers, nutritionists, behavioral oncologists, medical assistants, pharmacologists, specially-trained oncology nurses and other appropriate specialists.
When you enter treatment, you will find that the James Graham Brown Cancer Center offers the latest in surgical techniques, radiation therapy and drug therapies. We run the largest cancer trials program of new drugs for melanoma in Kentucky, Indiana, West Virginia and Ohio.
In addition, our specially-trained oncology nurses will care for you before, during, and after treatment; help manage cancer trials; and educate you about what to expect. They also communicate with your family members and other members of your support team to address their needs and concerns.