Melanoma & Skin Cancer Program

Melanoma & Skin Cancer Program

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Who We Are

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.

Our Services

UCSF dermatopathologists test patients' melanomas for genetic mutations — such as BRAF, NRAS, KIT, GNAQ and GNA11 — to help us target treatments to specific mutations. Treatment options include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, biological therapy and immunotherapy. Our various specialists meet for a weekly "tumor board" to evaluate complex cases and make treatment recommendations.

We perform skin exams using dermatoscopes, handheld instruments that allow us to distinguish cancerous lesions from noncancerous lesions with greater accuracy. We may also use digital dermoscopic photography — photographs taken with the dermatoscope — to closely track suspicious lesions over time.

UCSF has been on the forefront of recent breakthroughs in the treatment of melanoma and nonmelanoma skin cancers. As a patient, you may be offered the option of participating in clinical trials.

  • NCI-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • #10 in the U.S. for Cancer Care (U.S. News & World Report)
  • 600+ patients seen annually

Our Locations

Melanoma and Skin Cancer Program
1600 Divisadero St., Third Floor
San Francisco, CA 94115

Phone: (415) 353-9900
Fax: (415) 885-3802

Hours: Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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