Dermatology Clinic

Pigmented Lesion & Melanoma Clinic

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Melanoma Team

Susan Swetter, MD

The Stanford Pigmented Lesion and Melanoma Program is structured with parallel melanoma clinics occurring on Wednesday mornings (8 AM to noon) at the Stanford Cancer Center, including the Pigmented Lesion and Melanoma Clinic (staffed by dermatologists Dr. Susan Swetter [Program Director], and Dr. Jennifer Boldrick), Melanoma Surgery Clinics (staffed by general surgeon Dr. Ralph Greco and head and neck surgeon Dr. John Sunwoo) and Medical Oncology Clinics (staffed by Dr. Sunil Reddy and Dr. Daniel Chen).  Through these simultaneously-run melanoma clinics, a Stanford melanoma “tumor board” occurs every week, with frequent communication among specialists to provide a multidisciplinary approach for melanoma patients with all stages of disease. Additional surgery and medical oncology clinics are available throughout the week, including coordination of care with Stanford Dermatology Surgery (staffed by Dr. Sumaira Aasi).

Cutaneous melanoma patients and individuals with clinical atypical nevi (moles) are primarily managed in the Pigmented Lesion and Melanoma Clinic. This clinic was developed to follow patients at increased risk of melanoma based on mole pattern and family history as well as to provide initial evaluation and ongoing surveillance for patients with cutaneous (skin) and more advanced melanoma

Patients with Atypical Mole Syndrome are described as having over 50 to 100 moles with generally 5 or more showing clinical atypia (variation in color or irregular, asymmetric borders, and/or size greater than 8mm diameter). Affected individuals are estimated to have a 5-50-fold increased risk of melanoma depending on family history of melanoma.

The Stanford Pigmented Lesion and Melanoma Clinic employs total body mole mapping through DigitalDerm™ to assist in the early detection of severely atypical moles and cutaneous melanoma. Most skin melanomas do not arise from a pre-existing mole, which adds to the advantage of total body photography for assessing new or changing pigmented lesions. Mole mapping is recommended for suitable PLMC patients on a one-time basis, and individuals are encouraged to use the photos to assist with regular skin self-examinations. More>>

Stanford Dermatology is a participant in the National Cancer Institute/University of Arizona Phase I/II Cancer Chemoprevention Consortium, designed to prevent melanoma and other skin cancers in high-risk individuals at the outset.   

For an appointment, please contact the Stanford Melanoma Program new patient coordinator at (650) 736-5477 (referring physicians) or (650) 498-6000 (new patients).

View the Fall 2011 Stanford Cancer Center Institute Newsletter
View the Summer 2012 Stanford Cancer Institute Newsletter

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