Here at the U-M Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, we believe that the key to treating and curing all types of melanoma is in developing earlier detection methods and innovative approaches to treatment. More specifically, Dr. Scott McLean of our Division of Head and Neck Oncology is researching the role that circulating tumor cells have in the metastasis of melanoma. Circulating tumor cells are cells that shed from a primary tumor and circulate in the bloodstream. These circulating cells can then serve as seeds for subsequent growth of additional tumors in vital distant organs, which contributes to the poor prognosis of melanoma. Dr. McLean's team believes that by detecting these circulating cells and then treating them, we can improve patient outcomes and even cure melanoma.
Click here if you would like to become a Victors Melanoma Team Member. All members will receive a Victors Melanoma Research Team brochure signed by George Mans, 1961 U-M football captain and melanoma victor, as well as complimentary attendance to our annual tailgate during the U-M and Michigan State football game.