You are at the center of everything we do at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center. Here, we surround you with a team of specialists who work together closely to provide expert, targeted care and compassionate support throughout your treatment and beyond.
We guide you every step of the way, combining our deep clinical expertise in melanoma with a commitment to meet your unique needs.
Our skin cancer surgeon team includes experts in surgical oncology, reconstruction and head and neck surgery. This team specializes in the treatment of melanoma, and you can feel confident knowing that the surgeon who cares for you is best-suited for your specific diagnosis.
Fred Hutch is the leading cancer treatment center in the region and among the top nationally, according to U.S. News & World Report.
We are a comprehensive cancer center, a designation from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) that reflects our scientific leadership and the depth and breadth of our research to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer.
Melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer, compared to basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma. But most melanomas can be cured if they’re found and treated early, before they spread. So it’s important to learn the warning signs and how the disease is diagnosed.
Our physicians are experts in the full spectrum of melanoma treatments, including surgery, immunotherapy, targeted therapy and radiation therapy. The Multidisciplinary Skin Oncology Clinic brings a team together to take care of you.
At Fred Hutch, you receive care from a team of providers with extensive experience in your disease. Your team includes physicians, a patient care coordinator, a registered nurse, an advanced practice provider and others, based on your needs.
Many patients at Fred Hutch receive promising therapies by taking part in clinical trials. These research studies are done by physician-scientists from Fred Hutch and UW Medicine. They test new treatments or new ways to use current treatments.
Every advance in cancer treatment in recent years has come out of clinical trials. We offer more active clinical trials than anywhere else, which means more treatment options for patients like you.
Melanoma treatment has advanced dramatically in the past decade, allowing more patients to live longer, free of any signs or symptoms of the disease. Still, today’s options do not work as well as we want for every person, and we are actively pursuing more effective therapies.
For some people, taking part in a clinical study may be the best treatment choice. Access to clinical studies by researchers at Fred Hutch and UW Medicine is often the main reason many patients come to us for care. We have a wide variety of clinical studies for melanoma, including studies of vaccines, immune cell treatments and other immunotherapies.
Our doctors are working toward being able to stage and characterize melanoma down to the molecular level. Defining the genetic changes that cause different types of melanoma will help us identify patients whose disease may respond better to more customized regimens.
Learn how to examine your skin and which general skin cancer warning signs to look for.