Elana Schwam was diagnosed with stage IIIB malignant melanoma and is currently testing a new treatment for her disease.
Melanoma and Skin Program
Clark Center for Radiation Oncology
Vida E & Arthur L. Goldstein Lunder Building
55 Fruit Street
Lunder Building LL3
Boston, MA 02114
Francis H. Burr Proton Therapy Center
30 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: 617-726-0923 (Proton Inquiry Line: 617-724-1680)
Explore the Melanoma Program
Our skilled Radiation Oncologists use the most advanced therapies to treat patients with melanoma, squamous cell skin cancer, basal cell carcinoma and other malignant skin conditions with radiation therapy.
Many lesions can be removed through surgical intervention, however conformal radiation therapy may also be necessary for optimal disease control. In some cases, radiation treatment may be used as the primary treatment modality for patients presenting with basal and squamous cell carcinoma in the head and neck regions and for those whose cancer has spread to the lymph nodes.
The Department of Radiation Oncology also specializes in the treatment of uveal intra-ocular melanoma with proton therapy.
- Linear accelerator based radiation therapy: Treatment modalities include 3D conformal radiation therapy, intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), and volumetric modulated arc radiotherapy (VMAT).
- Superficial radiation therapy: Utilizing various techniques such as brachytherapy and electron beam radiation therapy, our skilled team can treat even the most superficial lesions.
- Proton radiation therapy: The MGH Francis H. Burr Proton Beam Therapy Center includes a dedicated eye line (hardware) system for the treatment of ocular melanoma. Proton therapy achieves a high tumor control rate and a reasonably high visual preservation rate with some useful vision retained in most patients.
Personalized & Comprehensive Care
Our Radiation Oncologists work closely with our colleagues at the Mass General Cancer Center to improve patient outcomes through multidisciplinary care. Our cross-specialty approach enables us to provide comprehensive and individualized care for our patients.
Massachusetts General Hospital invites patients and the community to participate in innovative clinical trials and research studies.
Meet the Team
Every step of your treatment is managed by one or our world-class physicians.
- Clinical Director, Radiation Oncology
- Director, Head and Neck Service
- Associate Medical Director, Francis H. Burr Proton Therapy Center
- Director, Sarcoma Service, Department of Radiation Oncology
- Co-Director, Center for Sarcoma and Connective Tissue Oncology
- Department of Radiation Oncology
This pdf describes what you can expect before and during your radiation treatments.
Browse our online guides to visualize steps throughout the radiation oncology process.