Center for Melanoma, Skin and Soft Tissue Tumors

Through our multidisciplinary team approach, our skin cancer program provides an individualized and compassionate treatment plan for every patient.

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Personalized Care for Skin Cancer Treatment

Our surgeons and medical oncologists are pioneers in the treatment of skin cancer. Watch our video to learn how our team provides personalized, patient-centered care to meet your unique needs.

Saint John’s Cancer Institute’s melanoma study published in prestigious New England Journal of Medicine

Twenty-five years after a groundbreaking discovery at the Saint John’s Cancer Institute regarding the early diagnosis of melanoma, high-level research continues to advance treatment options for the potentially deadly cancer in its earliest stage.

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JWCI Melanoma Study in the New England Journal of Medicine

Melanoma, Skin and Soft Tissue Tumors Clinical Trials

As pioneers in the development of the sentinel lymph node biopsy technique for melanoma, our team is continuing to conduct ground breaking clinical trials and research. View our clinical trial opportunities for melanoma, skin and soft tissue tumors.


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Skin Cancer Patient Testimonials

Dr. O’Day is tirelessly dedicated to his melanoma patients and fights for them every day. He relentlessly battles with this extraordinarily difficult disease, to treat patients with cutting edge research that he and his staff perform.

Melanoma cancer patient

Dr. Essner is the best Melanoma Doctor on the west coast and easily one of the top in the country. He is on top of all of the latest treatments and procedures.

Melanoma cancer patient

I saw Dr. Fischer for removal of a melanoma. I have never met a more compassionate and kind physician. He explained the disease and the surgical procedure, answering all of my questions. I can’t thank him enough!

Melanoma cancer patient

Dr. Foshag saved my husband’s life. He treated him for metastatic melanoma. Stage 4 melanoma is terrifying, but Dr. Foshag took on the role of “quarterback” and my husband has been in remission for years. He cares about all of his patients.

Melanoma cancer patient

I have been going to Dr. O’Day for over 13 years. He is caring, professional, and overall the best oncologist you will find. I fly in from another state just to see Dr. O’Day.

Melanoma cancer patient

I saw Dr. Essner about removing a large malignant melanoma along with sentinel lymph nodes to check to see if my cancer had spread as it was shedding cells in the biopsy. I would recommend Dr. Essner to anyone who has skin cancer and requires surgery, he is a great doctor, doing a brilliant job!

Melanoma cancer patient

I have been a patient of Dr. Foshag for 6 years. He is the best! He is an excellent doctor and a kind, caring, friendly and wonderful person.  

Melanoma cancer patient

Dr. O’Day is very caring and compassionate. You will not find better!

Melanoma cancer patient

Dr. Essner is a great doctor. I really appreciated him calling me back regarding my melanoma skin cancer. So many doctors have their assistance make phone calls. It’s so nice to have a compassionate and down to earth doctor that I can address my concerns to.

Melanoma cancer patient

I was treated by Dr. Fischer for a melanoma tumor on my leg and from the initial consultation, surgery and follow-up, I felt safe and secure knowing my health was in good hands. Dr. Fischer is very open to questions and is very adept at explaining everything in layman’s terms which helped ease any concerns I had.

Melanoma cancer patient
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DR. O’Day Tribute GALA 2017

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Meet Our Team

When searching for cancer care, you want physicians and surgeons who can offer the most current treatments available. At the Saint John’s Cancer Institute, we are honored to have a care team who are faculty researchers that also treat patients in our cancer center.