Cutaneous Oncology Center & Melanoma Program

The Cutaneous Oncology Center is an interdisciplinary center staffed by faculty from dermatology, medical oncology, and surgical oncology. Under the direction of the Department of Dermatology and the Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center, our multidisciplinary team works as an integrated group to create individualized treatment plans and coordinate clinical trials with new therapies. This comprehensive center offers patient education, screening, diagnoses, follow-up, and all available treatment options for all types of skin cancers. The specialty’s best physicians have come together to pursue new discoveries and deliver world-class care.

Cutaneous malignancies are the most common malignancies in the United States and represent a major health problem. Our program aims to link the clinical activities in melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers with prevention, improved diagnosis, and treatment of these diseases.

This program is housed at the only site in Connecticut where patients with atypical moles can obtain total body digital imaging to capture digital images of these lesions. This program also provides epiluminescent microscopy to enhance in vivo evaluation of pigmented lesions. Due to the expertise in dermatopathology, any lesions biopsied are evaluated in our highly respected dermatopathology laboratory in the UConn Dermatology Department.

Patients with high-risk melanomas are seen collaboratively by a multidisciplinary team. Following this appointment, a conference is held with the dermatologist, oncologist, and surgical oncologist to discuss the best course of action for your individual case.


UConn Health Minute: Melanoma

More people are developing melanoma, the deadliest skin cancer, than ever before. As UConn Health dermatologist and Mohs surgeon Dr. Maritza Perez explains, having regular skin exams is key in helping to find and remove the melanoma before it becomes lethal.

UConn Health Minute: Skin Care and Aging

The natural aging process and damage from the sun generally produces age spots, pigmentation problems, and other skin flaws. As UConn Health dermatologist Hao Feng tells us, it’s important to know the difference between those benign concerns and skin cancer so that timely and appropriate treatment can be given before the condition worsens.

Power of Possible: Melanoma

Dr. Jane Grant-Kels of UConn Health Dermatology is shining greater light on suspicious skin lesions using innovative and painless confocal technology to catch a potential melanoma or other skin cancer while reducing skin biopsies up to 60 percent.

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