comprehensive-melanoma-program

While melanoma accounts for only four percent of all skin cancers, it is responsible for almost 80 percent of skin cancer deaths. Fortunately, there is a team of dedicated and talented physicians at Northwestern Medicine who are focused on providing the best outcomes for patients with all stages of melanoma.

Our multidisciplinary group of dermatologists, pathologists, surgeons and oncologists, all specialize in the care of patients with this potentially lethal condition, and come together to provide personalized treatment plans for each of our individual patients.

Patients at the Northwestern Medicine Comprehensive Melanoma Program benefit from being able to sit down with their entire care team and plan their treatment in one appointment. From medical, radiation and surgical oncologists to psychologists, nursing staff and financial coordinators, our team knows that our patients' comfort and treatment plan is most important.

Our Mission

  • To provide comprehensive, state-of-the-art care to our patients with melanoma and other high risk skin tumors, such as Merkel Cell Carcinoma, and Dermatofibrosarcoma Protuberans
  • To offer every patient in our care access to advanced clinical trials
  • To conduct laboratory-based research that will hopefully bring new treatment options to all patients with melanoma
  • To continue our work tracking local and national practice patterns in cancer care, to help ensure all patients receive appropriate treatment

The Northwestern Medicine Melanoma Program is based out of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, which affords our patients the highest quality of care by an experienced team in a patient-centered setting.


What Is Melanoma?

Melanoma is a type of skin cancer. It begins when cells begin to change and grow uncontrollably, forming a mass called a tumor.

After Diagnosis

After melanoma has been diagnosed, tests are done to find out if cancer cells have spread within the skin or to other parts of the body.

Stages of Melanoma

The stage of melanoma depends on the thickness of the tumor, whether cancer has spread to lymph nodes or other parts of the body, and other factors.

Treatment Options

There are different types of treatment for patients with melanoma. Different types of treatment are available for patients with melanoma. Some treatments are standard (the currently used treatment), and some are being tested in clinical trials.

Clinical Trials

For some patients, taking part in a clinical trial may be the best treatment choice.

Meet the Melanoma Team

Learn more about the Lurie Cancer Center physicians working in this area below. These experts are supported by a world-class multidisciplinary team, including an exceptional nursing staff and the Supportive Oncology Team.

For Patients who need to see a Dermatologist:
Pigmented Lesion and Melanoma Clinic
Northwestern Memorial Hospital Arkes Family Pavilion
676 North Saint Clair Street, Suite 1600
312.695.8106

For Patients who need to see a Surgical or Medical Oncologist:
Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center
Northwestern Memorial Hospital Galter Pavilion
675 North Saint Clair Street, Suite 2100
312.695.0990

For physician referrals or professional second opinions:
Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center
Northwestern Memorial Hospital Galter Pavilion
675 North Saint Clair Street, Suite 2100
312.695.0990