The Melanoma Tumour Committee is made up of a multidisciplinary team of professionals in: pathological anatomy, molecular biology, general and digestive surgery, thoracic surgery, dermatology, nuclear medicine, medical oncology, radiation oncology, otorhinolaryngology, radiodiagnosis, and nursing.
The treatment of a tumour will depend on its typology, extension, and evolution. Depending on each case, there are therapeutic options available for surgery, external or internal radiotherapy (brachytherapy), or systemic treatments (chemotherapy, hormone therapy, drugs against molecular targets, etc.), and/or combinations of these.
Melanoma usually develops in the skin, although it can also appear in the mucosa of the mouth, rectum, vagina or the choroid layer of the eyes.
Melanocytes are cells found in the lowermost part of the epidermis. They produce melanin, which is the pigment that gives the skin its colour. When melanocytes become altered, dividing uncontrollably, invading other tissues and installing themselves in other organs, a cancer known as melanoma develops.
Services included in this committee
The Tumour Committees are regulated under established protocols and are made up of a multidisciplinary team of expert doctors from the main specialities depending on the type of tumour. The IVO’s melanoma tumour committee is made up of multidisciplinary medical teams from the following specialities: