Welcome to Penn State Hershey Melanoma Center
Melanoma is the leading cause of death from skin disease – and its rate of occurrence is steadily increasing. In America, one person dies of melanoma every hour. More than 60,000 new cases in the United States are diagnosed each year, and this number is growing at an alarming rate.
In an effort to fight this trend, Penn State Hershey Melanoma Center offers a multidisciplinary approach to developing new treatments for melanoma patients. The Melanoma Center convenes researchers and clinicians from surgery, dermatology, medical and radiation oncology, pharmacology, orthopedics and other areas with a goal of identifying and evaluating new agents and clinical interventions. Discoveries developed in the research portion of the Melanoma Center are tested through a portfolio of clinical trials offered to patients.
Click here to learn more about the next generation of therapies.
"Dead Wrong… It's Only Skin Cancer"
Dead Wrong… It's Only Skin Cancer was produced in 2008 by the Mike Geltrude Foundation of Nutley, NJ. However, this educational documentary is not about Mike Geltrude and his battle against melanoma. In reality, it's about you. The reason is that anyone at any age can be afflicted by this deadly disease and one of the greatest weapons we have to combat melanoma is education. Therefore, taking a half hour to watch this film may save your life and by spreading the word it can save countless lives. As the saying goes, "an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure." - Watch Video
"Dear 16-year old me" (DCMF Canada) - Watch video
"Myths and facts of Artificial Sun Tanning" - Watch Presentation
The Melanoma Center continues to facilitate phase I, II, and III clinical trials of new therapies in its quest to find a cure. Please contact us for information about current clinical trials.
The Melanoma Center Skin Oncology Program includes a multidisciplinary clinic for the treatment of melanoma. The Skin Oncology Program's goals include clinical care, research, education, and community outreach.
The Melanoma Center's research goal is to unravel the biology and signaling pathways involved in melanoma tumor development to develop the next generation of therapeutic agents to treat this disease.
For more information on the research and clinical activities of the Center, click here
As part of the Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute's and the Melanoma Center's ongoing efforts to advance and support translational research to find the cure, the Center announces the availability of funding to support projects. The funds available were raised through the Annual Chocolate Tour fundraising effort. For more information on the funds available and how to apply.
Melanoma Center Visiting Scholar Lecture Series
2011: New Frontiers for Melanoma Centers: "Strategies for diagnosis, management and collaborative research
Presenter: Dr. John Thompson, M.D., Executive Director Melanoma Institute of Australia
2013: Medical Therapy of Melanoma: "Have we gone from zero to sixty?" (Watch presentation)
Presenter: Dr. Sanjiv S. Agarwala, M.D., Director, Melanoma and Immunotherapy Program, St. Luke's Hospital, Temple University
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