Our clinicians and researchers at the Tara Miller Melanoma Center are committed to the early diagnosis and treatment of melanoma and other skin cancers. We provide compassionate, multidisciplinary care that is informed by research to develop the most effective therapies for melanoma and other skin cancers including squamous cell skin cancer, basal cell cancer and Merkle cell cancer. Our nationally recognized specialty physicians provide education, care and support needed to help patients navigate their diagnosis and treatment plan.
Penn’s Melanoma Cancer Program has a comprehensive team sub-specialist medical oncologists, specialized cancer surgeons, dermatologist, head and neck cancer surgeons. radiation oncologist, pathologists, dermatopathologists, radiologists, nurse practitioners, and oncology nurse navigators. This group meets weekly to discuss treatment plans for patients, resulting in advanced and personalized treatment plans for each patient.
Penn physicians also conduct clinical research and other investigations to improve the ability to diagnose and treat patients with all types of melanoma and skin cancer. It is through such research that clinicians improve current modalities and develop future cancer treatments and care.
These studies include:
- Assessment of new therapies for all stages of melanoma, including studies combining surgery, radiation, immunotherapy and other local therapies and chemotherapy.
- Assessment of new experimental agents for the treatment of patients with early and advanced melanoma with a focus on immunotherapy and targeted therapy.
- Analysis of tissue, blood, and tumor samples to better understand the biology of the malignancies and relationship to patient outcomes.
The Tara Miller Melanoma Program seeks to understand melanoma biology and to test novel approaches to treat melanoma. To achieve this goal, the program brings together investigators from a broad range of disciplines and departments to conduct collaborative research projects and provides these investigators with the resources needed to address their individual questions.
Medical oncologists involved in the management of melanoma include: