Hoag's High Risk Melanoma Clinic Offers Patients the Most Advanced Treatment Options

Orange County has been noted to have one of the highest incidence rates of melanoma in the country. Hoag has addressed this significant health care problem by developing a comprehensive program including high risk evaluation and subspecialty treatment for this potentially life threatening skin cancer.

Hoag High Risk Melanoma Clinic, in collaboration with USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, offers a comprehensive multidisciplinary approach to the evaluation and treatment of this increasingly common malignancy as well as other advanced skin cancers. This clinic offers access to subspecialty-trained physicians who are actively involved in all phases of melanoma care.

“When faced with a cancer diagnosis, people need the closeness of their home and family, but dangerous conditions such as melanoma are best treated in specialized centers. Finally people in Orange County have advanced comprehensive care closer to home,” said Binh Ngo, M.D., a high risk dermatologist from Keck-University of Southern California (USC) School of Medicine who recently joined the team at Hoag.

With a dermatologist referral, the Hoag High Risk Melanoma Clinic offers patients the most advanced procedures and technologies for detection, including the only advanced computerized mole mapping system in Orange County, as well as access to clinical trials and treatment options not readily available outside an academic setting.

If discovered early, melanoma is entirely curable by surgery to remove the lesion, but if there is a delay in recognizing and removing a melanoma, it can spread throughout the body, where it is often deadly.

“Until recently, there was no cure for advanced melanoma. Now, with some new therapeutic options there is a potential for long-term disease control. However, with early detection and surgical management the cure rate can approach 95 percent.” Ngo said.

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