Melanoma and Skin Cancer Management

The first step to diagnosis is a thorough examination of your skin surface using expert dermoscopy. In addition to identifying early skin cancer we will assess your risk for future skin cancer. We will inform you about strategies for future surveillance that are appropriate to your risk. These might include self examination, checks with your GP, dermatological checks and options for imaging of moles with body mapping or dermoscopic imaging.

There are frequently a variety of options for treatment. We will fully inform you in regard to your diagnosis and treatment options so that you can base your decisions on a full understanding of the issue at hand.

The Victorian Melanoma Service, based at the Alfred Hospital, is Victoria's only fully multidisciplinary treatment service for melanoma. It was founded by Professor Kelly in 1994 and from 2018 has been headed by Dr Victoria Mar.  It provides the full range of specialties and specialized treatments for all stages of melanoma.

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Mohs surgery

Mohs micrographic surgery (also known as margin controlled surgery) was developed in 1930s by Dr Frederick Mohs and provides the highest cure rate for basal cell carcinomas and squamous cell carcinomas. It has been refined and developed over the years and is a very useful procedure for treating skin cancers on delicate areas such as the nose, lip, ears and eyelids where conservation of the normal skin and tissue is important. It avoids the risk of incomplete excisions and is often the treatment of choice for previously incompletely excised or recurrent skin cancers. Dr Edward Upjohn is a Fellow of the American College of Mohs Surgery and for more information please visit their website