St. Jude Pediatric and Adolescent Melanoma Referral Clinic

  

Providing expertise, education and support for children with melanoma and their families

 

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is a leader in pediatric melanoma research and treatment. Each year, we provide treatment and second opinions for patients with pediatric melanoma around the country and beyond.

The St. Jude Pediatric and Adolescent Melanoma Referral Clinic is a two-day clinic that brings patients and families to St. Jude for an expert consultation, as well as medical examinations by leading specialists, educational seminars and an introduction to melanoma-related resources. In addition, if a patient qualifies for a St. Jude clinical trial, our center may be able to offer unique expertise in treatments that include surgery, radiation therapy, local therapies such as hyperthermic limb perfusion, as well as immune and targeted therapies.

Patient families who attend the melanoma clinic are provided travel, housing and meals during the onsite consultation. Following the clinical evaluation, St. Jude will provide a written report, with treatment recommendations, to the family and referring physician. 

The next St. Jude Pediatric and Adolescent Melanoma Clinic will be held April 12-14, 2017, in Memphis, Tennessee. 

Patient Eligibility

Patients must be:

  • Ages 0-21 years old
  • Referred by a physician
  • Currently being treated or followed by a physician who requests or supports a consult to optimize the clinical management of the patient
  • Diagnosed with melanoma or spitzoid melanoma. (The clinic is not accepting patients with ocular melanoma at this time.)
A comprehensive treatment team discusses the options for a child with melanoma

The benefit for patients and families includes:

Receive Expert Consultation

The clinic is a collaboration among St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine and Le Bonheur Children's Hospital to provide referring physicians and their patients optimal treatment recommendations. 

The multidisciplinary team includes pediatric and adult oncologists, pediatric dermatologists and cancer surgeons in a specialty clinic environment. A variety of other experts, such as genetic counselors, diagnostic radiologists, radiation oncologists and child life specialists, will also be available.

St. Jude patient with pediatric melanoma

Patient Story

Isaiah Mainer recently took part in the Pediatric and Adolescent Melanoma Referral Clinic created for children who were treated at other institutions.

“At St. Jude, we could fill in unanswered questions that we still had,” says his mom.

Read Isaiah's story

 

Connect with Other Families

Pediatric melanoma is very rare, which can make it difficult for patients’ families to connect with one another. The St. Jude Pediatric and Adolescent Melanoma Referral Clinic brings patients and families together for an opportunity to share their experiences and challenges and provide support.

Learn about Resources

In addition to the consultation, patients’ families are invited to an educational seminar on site to meet with national experts in melanoma.

Participate in Life-Saving Research

St. Jude is at the forefront of genomic research for pediatric cancers. Patients are invited to participate in the St. Jude tissue registry protocol and help shape future research into pediatric melanoma.