Melanoma is a type of skin cancer that develops in melanocytes, the skin cells that make the pigment responsible for your skin and hair color. Melanoma primarily forms on the skin and diagnosis is confirmed by skin biopsy. Treatment can involve chemotherapy, biologic therapy, radiation and surgery, and in some difficult-to-treat cases, a patient can enroll in a clinical trial.
At Levine Cancer Institute, we have a multidisciplinary team made up of nationally recognized leaders in medical, radiology and surgical oncology who collaborate daily so we can provide each melanoma patient with a care plan tailored to his or her specific needs. With more than 12 locations across the Carolinas, we ensure that advanced care is available no matter where you live.
Levine Cancer Institute wants you to focus on your treatment, not the process. That’s why we offer an array of support ranging from nurse navigators who help connect the dots of your treatment, to the Cancer Resource Center which offers information about cancer, support groups and educational classes.
The Scope of Melanoma
While melanoma only accounts for 2 percent of skin cancer cases, it accounts for a majority of skin cancer deaths. The American Cancer Society estimates there were about 76,000 new cases last year and Caucasians are 20 times more likely to get melanoma than African-Americans. The risk increases with age, but it is not uncommon among those younger than 30 years old.