You are at the center of everything we do at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center. Here, we surround you with a team of specialists who work together closely to provide expert, targeted care and compassionate support throughout your treatment and beyond.
We guide you every step of the way, combining our deep clinical expertise in melanoma with a commitment to meet your unique needs.
Following the merger of long-time partners, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, the organization was renamed to Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center. We are an independent, nonprofit organization that also serves as UW Medicine's cancer program.
Why choose Fred Hutch for melanoma treatment?
- Melanoma-specialized surgeons
Our skin cancer surgeon team includes experts in surgical oncology, reconstruction and head and neck surgery. This team specializes in the treatment of melanoma and you can feel confident knowing that the surgeon who cares for you is best-suited for your specific diagnosis.
- A national leader in cancer care
Fred Hutch is the leading cancer treatment center in the region and among the top nationally, according to U.S. News & World Report.
- NCI comprehensive cancer center
We are a comprehensive cancer center, a designation from the National Cancer Institute that reflects our scientific leadership and the depth and breadth of our research to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer.
Winding through the rainy streets of the City of Kent, muffled voices over the radio in the background, police officer Garth Corner was on a routine call from the dispatcher when he realized the vision in his left eye was blurrier than normal.
He rides with purpose. Along the rural stretches of Snoqualmie Valley, David Dunnington rides for hours and miles in his steadfast determination to make inroads against cancer. “When I'm riding my bike, I’m thinking—I’m back. I think about what it feels like — the wind in my face. I feel how lucky I am to have gotten to this place. I just feel very grateful.”
Melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer, compared to basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma. But most melanomas can be cured if they’re found and treated early, before they spread. So it’s important to learn the warning signs and how the disease is diagnosed.
Our doctors are experts in the full spectrum of melanoma treatments, including surgery, immunotherapy, targeted therapy and radiation therapy. The Multidisciplinary Skin Oncology Clinic brings a team together to take care of you.
At Fred Hutch, you receive care from a team of providers with extensive experience in your disease. Your team includes physicians, a patient care coordinator, a registered nurse, an advanced practice provider and others, based on your needs. You also have access to experts like nutritionists, social workers, acupuncturists, psychiatrists and more who specialize in supporting people with cancer or blood disorders.
To give you access to the most innovative therapies, we unite the leading researchers and cancer specialists of Fred Hutch and UW Medicine so you can take part in melanoma clinical studies not available everywhere.
There are many resources online for learning about your disease, as well as organizations that provide community and support for your cancer diagnosis. Health educators at the Fred Hutch Patient and Family Resource Center have compiled a list of trusted sources to help you get started.
Screening and prevention
Learn how to examine your skin and which general skin cancer warning signs to look for.