Melanoma & Skin Cancer Program
The UCSF Melanoma and Skin Cancer Program provides advanced care for patients with all stages of melanoma, from early-stage melanomas to advanced metastatic cancer, as well as other types of skin cancer. These include squamous cell carcinomas, basal cell carcinomas and Merkel cell carcinomas. We also care for patients who are at higher risk of developing melanoma due to their family history, genetic mutations or having many abnormal moles. Our team includes dermatologists, medical and surgical oncologists, radiation oncologists and dermatopathologists, all of whom specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer.
Our program is part of the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, designated a comprehensive cancer center by the National Cancer Institute since 1999. This designation recognizes centers that provide full-spectrum, cutting-edge cancer care.
Commonly asked questions regarding Melanoma including, general information, seriousness, causes, malignancy, cure and prevention, and more.
MD, MSBreast cancer and melanoma surgeon
MD, PhDDermatologic surgeon
MDOncologist and melanoma specialist
Jonathan R. George
MD, MPHHead and neck surgeon
Jeffrey P. North
MDDermatologist and dermatopathologist
MD, PhD, MBADermatologist and melanoma specialist
Katy K. Tsai
MDOncologist and melanoma specialist
Maria L. Wei
MD, PhDDermatologist and melanoma specialist
MD, PhDDermatologist and dermatopathologist
MD, PhDRadiation oncologist
Lauren Brown Brenner
NP, MSNNurse practitioner
NP, MSNNurse practitioner
Intraoperative Radiation Therapy in Treating Patients With Breast Cancer Undergoing Breast-Cons...
This phase IV trial studies the side effects of intraoperative radiation therapy and how well it works in treating patients with breast cancer undergoing breast-conserving surgery. Delivering radiation one time to th...
Study of Adjuvant Ipilimumab and Nivolumab in Subjects With High-risk Ocular Melanoma
This is an open-label, multi-site, single-arm Phase 2 study of adjuvant nivolumab combined with ipilimumab for the treatment of adult subjects with completely treated high-risk ocular melanoma, as defined in eligibil...
Prostaglandin Inhibition and Immune Checkpoint Blockade in Melanoma
This phase II trial studies how well pembrolizumab, ipilimumab, and aspirin work in treating patients with melanoma that has spread to other places in the body or cannot be removed by surgery. Monoclonal antibodies, ...
Nivolumab + Chemoradiation in Stage II-IVB Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma (NPC)
This phase II trial studies how well nivolumab and chemoradiotherapy works in treating patients with stage II-IVB nasopharyngeal cancer. Monoclonal antibodies, such as nivolumab, may block tumor growth in different w...
Pembrolizumab With and Without Radiotherapy for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
This is a randomized single-institution, phase II, open-label clinical trial of neoadjuvant pembrolizumab with or without low-dose stereotactic radiation therapy (SRT) in stage I-IIIA non-small lung cancer (NSCLC) pa...
A Study of XmAb®20717 in Subjects With Selected Advanced Solid Tumors
This is a Phase 1, multiple dose, ascending dose escalation study to define a MTD/RD and regimen of XmAb20717, to describe safety and tolerability, to assess PK and immunogenicity, and to preliminarily assess anti-tu...
Study of Patidegib Topical Gel, 2%, for the Reduction of Disease Burden of Persistently Develop...
This is a global, multicenter, randomized, double-blind, stratified, vehicle-controlled study of the efficacy and safety of Patidegib Topical Gel, 2%, applied topically twice daily to the face of adult participants w...
A Trial of Concurrent Radiation Therapy, Cisplatin, and BMX-001 in Locally Advanced Head and Ne...
This is a Phase 1 / Phase 2 study of newly diagnosed patients with biopsy-proven head and neck cancer (squamous cell carcinoma) who are undergoing standard radiation therapy and treatment with cisplatin. BMX-001 adde...
Clinical Study of CMP-001 in Combination With Pembrolizumab or as a Monotherapy
This study will be conducted in two parts: Part 1 will be conducted using a Dose Escalation and Expansion design. The Part 1 Dose Escalation Phase of this study will identify a safe and tolerable dose to be further e...
Awards & recognition
Best hospital in Northern California
Ranked No. 12 in the nation for cancer care
Designated comprehensive cancer center
melanoma patients seen each year
Art for Recovery
Creativity can help people with serious illnesses cope, heal and express what they're going through. Find out about our program and how to join.
Cancer Exercise Counseling
Our one-on-one exercise training sessions, customized for your needs and abilities, can complement other cancer treatments and speed your recovery.
Cancer Resource Center
You'll find support groups, classes, a library, treatment information, special events and much more to promote wellness and healing for patients and families.
Cancer Support Groups
Support groups held by the Ida and Joseph Friend Cancer Resource Center are free and available to all patients, whether or not you get your health care at UCSF.
Core and More Class
A strong body helps you fight cancer and enjoy life. Join this class to stabilize your core, strengthen your muscles and improve overall fitness. For cancer patients and caregivers!
Friend to Friend Gift Shop
A one-stop boutique for patients with cancer. Get professional help with wigs, prostheses, sun-protective clothing, makeup, skin care and more.
Healing Through Dance Class
Use movement, expression, imagery and creativity to enhance your own healing. Open to all cancer patients (including non-UCSF) and their caregivers.
Meditation and Guided Imagery for Cancer Patients
Drop in for a free class designed to help you heal, relax and find balance during your treatment. UCSF and non-UCSF patients are welcome.
Oncology Social Work
Social workers can be key members of your cancer care team. Reach out for support, problem solving and help accessing UCSF's many cancer-related resources.
Peer Support Program for Cancer
Patients are matched with peer support volunteers according to criteria such as diagnosis, cancer stage, age or gender. Speak to someone who's "been there."
The Psycho-Oncology program offers emotional and supportive care to patients of the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center and their families.
Restorative Movement Class
Explore simple movements that help you feel more powerful and comfortable in your body. This fun and free UCSF class is aimed at those in recovery from cancer.
Pamper yourself while fighting cancer. Free treatments for patients receiving chemotherapy at our Mount Zion campus include massage, acupressure and more.
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What to Bring
- Photo I.D.
- Health insurance card
- Insurance authorization, if required
- Doctor's referral, if required
- Recent test results related to your condition
- List of your medications, including dosages, plus any you're allergic to
- List of questions you may have
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Melanoma Surgery Clinic
1825 Fourth Street, Third Floor
San Francisco, CA 94158
High-Risk Skin Cancer Clinic
1701 Divisadero St., Third Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143-0316
Cancer Survivorship and Wellness Institute
1600 Divisadero St., Fourth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94115
Our research initiatives
UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center Research
UCSF is home to a range of research initiatives aimed at improving outcomes for cancer patients everywhere. This includes research on topics such as immunotherapy, BRCA mutations and molecular diagnostic testing.