Centers & Services

What is the Melanoma Center?

Melanoma (malignant melanoma) is a cancer of high malignant potential that occurs mainly in the skin. Early diagnosis and proper treatment options substantially improve therapeutic effects. The diagnosis of melanoma requires expertise such as dermoscopy, pathologic examination, and genetic testing in addition to clinical observations. The progress of melanoma can be diagnosed accurately by imaging and sentinel lymph node biopsy. Better therapeutic effects can be achieved by selecting treatment options suitable for the disease stage. Although melanoma is fundamentally treated by surgery, other treatments such as proton beam, molecular target drugs, and tumor immunity therapy are also becoming available for melanoma in the advanced stage. Melanoma treatment has become more specialized and requires a treatment system of cooperation of relevant clinical departments. The Melanoma Center was established for that purpose.

Management System

Director: Osamu Yamasaki (Department of Dermatology)
Assistant Director: Kuniaki Katsui (Department of Radiology)

Major departments

Cooperating departments

Department of Ophthalmology, Department of Palliative Medicine, Departments of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (Pathology/Reconstructive), Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Department of General Medicine, Endocrine Center, Center for Clinical Oncology, Head and Neck Cancer Center, Biobank, Center for Innovative Clinical Medicine, Department of Immunology of Okayama University Graduate School of Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Medical staff

Doctors, dentists, nurses, medical technologists, radiological technologists, etc.

Cooperating institutions

Okayama Medical Center, Tsuyama Central Hospital, etc.

Management Policy

The Melanoma Center is the center for melanoma treatment in the Chugoku and Shikoku regions. Health care workers and medical researchers involved in melanoma treatment cooperate to provide advanced diagnostic tests and multidisciplinary care. Melanoma treatment is performed by combining the resources not only of Okayama University Hospital but also of hospitals in Okayama Prefecture.