As an extension of the Center for Melanoma Oncology at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center, the Melanoma Risk and Prevention Clinic is comprised of physicians with appointments at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Our Clinic offers a seamless continuum of care to Dana-Farber for those patients requiring additional services. If a melanoma diagnosis is confirmed, we will assist in scheduling an appointment with the appropriate cancer specialist, as requested.
Our specialized dermatologists, with access to oncologists, surgeons and other specialists provide referral-based, state of the art care for patients with a history of early melanoma or are at high risk of developing melanoma. We provide up to date information, convey prognosis, coordinate treatment and follow-up for new diagnoses of melanoma. We will also offer longitudinal follow-up of high-risk patients including the use of photography. Our comprehensive clinic monitors patients with:
Personal history of melanoma
Family history of melanoma
Dysplastic or atypical nevi
Sun susceptibility including red hair-blue eyes and/or tendency to burn and freckle (including individuals who otherwise have brown hair and brown eyes).
Extensive sun exposure including the use of tanning booths leading to high nevi burden
Known genetic risk such as BRCA2 and CDKN2A carriers
Congenital nevi (especially multiple or giant congenital nevi)