North Shore-LIJ Creates New Center for Melanoma and Rare Skin Cancers

GREAT NECK, NY– To provide the highest level of specialized clinical care to patients with melanoma and other skin cancers, the North Shore-LIJ Health System has established the Center for Melanoma and Rare Skin Cancers, part of the North Shore-LIJ Cancer Institute .

The Center for Melanoma and Rare Skin Cancers offers multidisciplinary care in the diagnosis and treatment of complex and rare skin cancers, including advanced surgical treatment, precise radiation treatment and medical oncology such as immunotherapy and chemotherapy.  Skin cancer risk prevention strategies and research are also key components of the program. 

 “The Center for Melanoma and Rare Skin Cancers has been established so anyone diagnosed with one of these forms of cutaneous malignancies has the benefit of being evaluated promptly by experts in this field,” said Mansoor Beg, MD, a surgical oncologist who was recently appointed chief of the Center.  “Focusing on patient-centered care, we provide initial consultations as quickly as possible, facilitate any diagnostic tests or procedures, thoroughly explain the scope of diagnosis to our patients, and our surgical team formulates an individualized treatment plan.”  Dr. Beg explained that after surgery, if needed, treatments are coordinated through medical oncology and radiation medicine.

According to the National Cancer Institute, more than 68,000 Americans are diagnosed with melanoma each year.  It is the most fatal form of skin cancer and the incidence of melanoma has been increasing worldwide for the past three decades.  However, with early detection and effective treatment, melanoma can be curable.

Clinicians at the Center for Melanoma and Rare Skin Cancers take a team approach to care while tailoring treatment plans for each patient.  In addition to treating patients with early diagnosed to advanced melanoma, the Center also treats a large volume of rare, diagnostically challenging skin appendage cancers, such as tumors of the sweat gland or hair follicle.  The Center’s clinical and support services team include surgical oncologists, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, dermatopathologists (specialists in dermatology and surgical pathology), oncology nurses and nurse practitioners, oncology social workers, nutritionists and genetic counselors.  Surgical oncologists work closely with plastic surgeons for any needed reconstruction. The Center’s clinicians collaborate with local and regional dermatology practices to ensure continuum of care.

 Dr. Beg is a member of the North Shore-LIJ Medical Group.  He is board-certified in surgery by the American Board of Surgery.  He completed his fellowship in surgical oncology at Tulane University Hospital School of Medicine and his residency in surgery at North Shore University Hospital.  Dr. Beg earned his MD degree at Temple University Medical School.  He is also an assistant professor at Hofstra North Shore-LIJ Medical School.  Joining Dr. Beg in the leadership team at the Center for Melanoma and Rare Skin Cancers are Beatrice R. Bloom, MD, a radiation medicine specialist, and Craig Devoe, MD, who specializes in hematology and medical oncology.  Dr. Bloom is board-certified in therapeutic radiology by the American Board of Radiology.  She earned her MD degree from Albany Medical College and completed her residency in radiation therapy at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Medical College.  She is an assistant professor at Hofstra North Shore-LIJ Medical School.

 Dr. Devoe is board-certified in both medical oncology and hematology by the American Board of Internal Medicine.  He completed a fellowship in hematology and oncology at SUNY Stony Brook and a residency in internal medicine at Winthrop University Hospital.  He earned his MD degree from SUNY at Stony Brook.  Dr. Devoe is an assistant professor at Hofstra North Shore-LIJ Medical School.

 Coinciding with the opening of the Center for Melanoma and Rare Cancers, the North Shore-LIJ Cancer Institute on September 21 held a professional medical education conference, Melanoma Update 2012, which provided clinicians in the region with the latest information about skin cancer prevention and new treatment options.

 For more information or an appointment, contact The Center for Melanoma and Rare Skin Cancers at 888-745-1175 or visit:  

Media Contact:  Betty Olt
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