Your First Appointment for Melanoma (Skin Cancer)
If you have been diagnosed with melanoma, it is very important to begin treatment as soon as possible. And because the first step in cancer treatment is often surgery, consulting with a University Hospitals surgical oncologist should be your first priority. Your surgical oncologist will work closely with other team members of our experienced team of cancer specialists (e.g. medical oncology, radiation oncology, etc.) to develop your treatment plan.
Connect with a UH Surgical Oncologist, Any Time of Day or Night
At University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center, we recognize that a new cancer diagnosis is often an emotional emergency. We also realize the magnitude of the responsibility that comes with managing cancer care for yourself or your family member. We respond to these needs by providing unparalleled access to our surgical oncology experts. In our experience, there is nothing more valuable to a patient with cancer. Therefore, the University Hospitals Surgical Oncology team wants to ensure that every patient with cancer has the same access to us that our own family would have.
We offer comprehensive cancer care including:
- Surgical Oncology Patient Liaison. Available 24/7 to patients with any of the cancers we treat by calling 216-286-3870, or via our online form below.
- Immediate and Efficient Specialty Access. Speak by phone or have a virtual consult with a surgical oncologist within 24 – 48 hours.
- Sustained Relationship Access. This level of access will continue throughout the duration of your care.
Next Steps for Your First Appointment with a Surgical Oncologist
After completing the form below or calling 216-286-3870, our surgical oncology patient liaison will contact you to setup an initial phone call or virtual consult with a surgical oncologist.
After you have been introduced to your surgical oncologist with this initial conversation, we will then set up your first appointment. Our team will let you know what medical records (biopsy report, imaging results, etc.) we will need at this time.
During your appointment, you will meet with a surgeon to discuss your diagnosis and treatment options. By the end of your appointment, your surgeon will provide you with their expert recommendations and your next steps for receiving the care you need. We encourage you to make a list of questions and concerns you may want to discuss with the surgeon.
Why Choose UH Seidman Cancer Center
As one of the best cancer hospitals in the country according to U.S. News & World Report for over 20 years, University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center is dedicated exclusively to the diagnosis and treatment of cancer and blood disorders.
At UH Seidman Cancer Center, we combine the expertise of some of the country’s leading cancer experts with state-of-the-art technology and leading edge treatments to provide patients with a full continuum of care – from diagnosis through treatment and beyond.
UH Seidman Cancer Center is part of the National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Case Comprehensive Cancer Center at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine – one of an elite group of 53 such comprehensive cancer centers in the U.S. The Case Comprehensive Cancer Center has an “Exceptional” rating from the NCI, a rating only seven NCI-designated comprehensive cancer centers currently hold.