EM1512E "Melanoma Metamorphoses" (IM GR-120415)

The lecture describes the epidemiology, risk factors, etiology, screening, prevention, diagnosis, staging, primary therapy, regional therapy and systemic therapy for malignant melanoma.  The last part of the talk also details the UTSW science and medicine related to melanoma.

Target Audience

UT Southwestern faculty, fellows, residents and medical students, community physicians, nurse clinicians, physician assistants and nurses. 

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the participant should be able to:

  • Understand how UVA from the sun leads to melanoma (i.e., the new dark photochemistry that produces melanoma mutations)
  • Describe a major pathway in melanoma biology (e.g., Mitogen-activated protein kinase signaling)
  • List the best screening methods (including physician-trained exam, dermoscopy and total body photography)
  • Describe the critical parameters in regional therapy of melanoma (specifically, when to use lymphadenectomy and regional nodal irradiation)
  • Explain the role of immunotherapy in melanoma (application of immune checkpoint blockers and which patients respond best)
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA
Course opens: 
Course expires: 

Photo: Arthur E. Frankel, M.D.Arthur E. Frankel, M.D.
Professor of Medicine, Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center
Division of Hematology and Oncology

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA


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