Moffitt’s Cutaneous Clinic to Lift Pediatric Patient’s Spirits during Annual Follow-Up Clinic

July 23, 2014

TAMPA, Fla. Moffitt Cancer Center and the Cutaneous Oncology Program will host an annual follow-up clinic for pediatric patients who have been diagnosed with melanoma and related skin tumors on Tuesday, Aug. 5 at 1 p.m.. The clinic is part of Moffitt’s Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Program.

A trip to the oncologist can be exhausting for anyone, but can be especially tough for children and adolescents. There are significant and unique psychosocial needs that the adolescent and young adult cancer patients experience.

In order to make the process a little less overwhelming, our Cutaneous Oncology Program will treat pediatric patients to ice cream, cake and gifts during their appointment. Patients will have the opportunity to connect with their peers, who might be facing a similar diagnosis.

“We have special interest and expertise in the diagnosis and management of melanoma and related skin tumors in children, adolescents and young adults,” explained Vernon Sondak, M.D., chair of the Cutaneous Oncology Program at Moffitt.

Our Cutaneous Oncology Program is one of the largest programs in the country dedicated to the treatment of patients with skin cancers of all kinds, particularly melanoma. Patients of all ages are accepted. 

The Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Program specializes in the care of patients who are between 15 to 40 years of age at the time of diagnosis. Many of these patients over the past decades have fallen into a gap in care between the pediatric and the adult cancer specialists.

Patients who fall into this age category will be offered access to cutting edge trials and state-of-the-art cancer care by physicians with a focus on – adolescent and young adult patients. Moffitt's team of experts support patients throughout the treatment process and helps them to navigate this course to a fulfilling, productive life during the treatment of and after cancer.

About Moffitt Cancer Center
Located in Tampa, Moffitt is one of only 41 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, a distinction that recognizes Moffitt’s excellence in research, its contributions to clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Moffitt is the top-ranked cancer hospital in the Southeast and has been listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” for cancer since 1999. With more than 4,500 employees, Moffitt has an economic impact on the state of nearly $1.6 billion. For more information, visit MOFFITT.org, and follow the Moffitt momentum on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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