Explore the Melanoma Program

Overview

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.

State-of-the-Art Treatment

  • 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.

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Patient Resources

Radiation Therapy Guide

Radiation Therapy Guide

This pdf describes what you can expect before and during your radiation treatments.

What to Expect

What to Expect

Learn about the radiation treatment process, and what to expect during each visit.

Virtual Guides

Virtual Guides

Browse our online guides to visualize steps throughout the radiation oncology process.

FAQs

FAQs

Find answers to frequently asked questions about radiation treatment.

Patient Education

Patient Education

Find various radiation oncology patient education resources to help answer your questions.