Watch Megan Gibbons story, a 19 year-old freshman diagnosed with stage 3A melanoma skin cancer and given 5 years left to live before receiving a second opinion, and chance at life, at Cleveland Clinic's Melanoma Clinic.
Most patients and even referring physicians have come to equate plastic surgery with either cosmetic or reconstructive surgery. But in fact, plastic surgery was created from leaders in the fields of cancer and trauma surgery who recognized the need for reconstructive improvements in order to increase the functional and aesthetic recovery of their patients.
Even today plastic surgeons are leaders in the areas of skin cancer surgery and care for diseases such as melanoma, squamous and basal cell carcinomas and other aggressive skin cancers. Many plastic surgeons also are involved in treating bony tumors of the upper extremity as well as aggressive soft tissues cancers of the whole body such as sarcomas. Finally, given the complexities of the head and neck, cancers of this region continue to be treated surgically by plastic surgeons.
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At Cleveland Clinic's Melanoma Clinic, patients have access to plastic surgeons who specialize in removing melanomas and reconstructing areas on the entire body, including the head, neck and hand. Assisted by oncologists, radiation oncologists, specialty nurses and social workers, patients receive the benefits of a multidisciplinary approach in a timely manner.
As a result, with only a single appointment patients not only get the best standard of care but members of a team that are highly involved in all areas of research for melanoma. This means state-of-the-art treatments, bringing hope to those who previously had no treatment options for their cancers.
The outcomes of melanoma patients at Cleveland Clinic continue to be on par or better than published national data, with the Melanoma Clinic setting the standard of melanoma care.
We also offer patients reconstructive surgery options for those with large or complex melanoma removals.
Meet Our Team
- Brian Gastman, MD
Head and Neck Surgeon
Head of Plastic Surgery Oncology
- Pierre Triozzi, MD
Lead Oncologist for Melanoma
- Ernest Borden, MD
Consultant to Melanoma clinic
- Shlomo Koyfman, MD
- Jennifer Yu, MD, PhD
- Allison Vidimos, MD
Chairman, Department of Dermatology
- Philip Bailin, MD, MBA
- Julie Baglione, RN
Melanoma Research Nurse Coordinator
Get your questions answered live from Noon - 1 p.m. ET by head of the
Melanoma Clinic Brian Gastman, MD and Dermatologist and surgeon Missale Mesfin, MD
In recent years, experts have seen an alarming increase in the number of skin cancer cases. If not treated, skin cancer can be deadly. But if treated early, skin cancer often can be cured. It is important to know not only ways to protect yourself from developing skin cancers, but also how to determine when it’s time to see a doctor and what can be done once you’ve been diagnosed. Join our Cleveland Cancer experts to ask questions around skin cancer or pre-cancer including diagnosis and the latest in treatment options.