Providence Melanoma Program

Providence doctors and scientists have been leading the way in melanoma research and treatment. Our findings have resulted in new ways to boost immune response, improving the standard of care for patients with this aggressive malignancy.

Melanoma is a serious form of skin cancer that develops in the pigment-producing skin cells called melanocytes. Ultraviolet light energy from the sun or tanning beds damages skin cells including the melanocytes. After damage occurs, melanocytes can transform into melanoma with uncontrolled growth, invading surrounding tissues. When melanoma spreads, or metastasizes, it typically spreads first into nearby skin or lymph nodes. Melanoma also can spread through the bloodstream into the liver, lungs, bone and brain.

At Providence Cancer Center, melanoma patients and their families benefit from some of the most comprehensive cancer services in the world, including advanced diagnostic imaging, state-of-the-art treatments, nationally renowned research and compassionate care and counseling. Our team of medical, surgical and radiation oncologists partner with nurses, researchers, patient advocates and other caregivers to aggressively treat melanoma and to ensure that nobody has to face cancer alone.

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