IU Health Goshen Center for Cancer Care

Our Approach to Melanoma

Integrated Care for Melanoma Cancer Patients

At Indiana University Health Goshen Center for Cancer Care, we’ve created a comprehensive melanoma treatment program committed to your overall health. It’s a commitment that reaches from your initial diagnosis to recovery and beyond.

Throughout treatment, we use an integrated approach to cancer care where physicians, dietitians, naturopathic oncologists and counselors all work together as a team. These specialists bring a number of disciplines – from leading-edge medical therapies and groundbreaking research to patient-specific clinical trials – to offer you the most complete care possible. Plus, you have access to a host of supportive services, including counselors, support groups and chaplains. Every day, this multidisciplinary team of specialists works together to share ideas and contribute to your individualized treatment plan. And in recovery, we teach you to maintain a healthier lifestyle to help prevent cancer from returning.

At IU Health Goshen Center for Cancer Care, we’ve created a place like no other. Working to heal you, not just treat your cancer.

IL-2 for metastatic melanoma

We’re one of a limited number of treatment facilities in the world to offer Interleukin-2 (IL-2), a type of immunotherapy, for the treatment of metastatic melanoma. IL-2 helps patients fight cancer by enhancing natural compounds already produced in the body.

Breakthrough Clinical Trial

A recent clinical trial, led by IU Health Goshen Center for Cancer Care found a new cancer vaccine doubled the response rate for tumor shrinkage and delayed the progression of cancer in patients with metastatic melanoma.

Free screenings for skin cancer

The incidence of skin cancer is increasing. To find it early, regular screening is essential. Our free skin cancer screening checks any moles or lesions for both melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers.

About Melanoma

A cancer that forms in someone's skin is generally referred to as skin cancer, though there are many different varieties. According to the National Cancer Institute, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. Almost 1 million Americans develop skin cancer each year.

During the normal course of time, skin cells grow old and die and are replaced by new skin cells. Sometimes this process goes awry and old cells do not die when they should or new cells are created when they are not needed. These extra cells form a mass called a tumor. When cancer forms in a cell that makes pigment, it is called melanoma. If it forms in a cell that does not make pigment and makes up the surface of the skin, it is called non-melanoma skin cancer.

The most dangerous form of skin cancer is melanoma, because it can easily spread to other parts of the body. Melanoma accounted for less than 5 percent of skin cancers, with 68,720 new cases diagnosed in 2009, according to the American Cancer Society. Unfortunately, melanoma is one of the most rapidly increasing cancers in the United States. Now, one in 41 men and one in 61 women will develop melanoma skin cancer during their lifetime. However, when found early before it spreads (metastasizes), melanoma is highly treatable. Plus, new revolutionary treatments, such as Interleukin-2 and TomoTherapy®, are available to treat metastatic melanoma in progressive treatments centers, like IU Health Goshen Center for Cancer Care.