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Dr. Scott Huber is a specialist in The Center for Heartburn and Reflux Disease, part of Mercy's Institute for Digestive Health and Liver Disease.
Mercy's team of cancer doctors diagnose and treat melanoma, a very serious form of skin cancer.
Surgical Oncology at Mercy is recognized throughout the Mid-Atlantic region for its expert cancer surgeons who treat patients with melanoma and abdominal/stomach and/or GI cancer.
Mercy offers emergency care on the Downtown Baltimore campus 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (410-332-9477) with access to a trained emergency medicine team, diagnostic services and consultations with specialists.
In case of an Emergency, Dial 911 and follow the instructions of the EMS (Emergency Medical Services) team.
Mercy Medical Center's downtown campus includes our Main Hospital - The Mary Catherine Bunting Center, McAuley Plaza and The Weinberg Center.
General visiting hours at Mercy are 11:00 am to 8:30 pm. Hours vary by floor, please check with the nursing staff or call 410-332-9555.
A skin biopsy is a procedure in which a doctor removes a small sample of skin tissue. This video shows how and why a doctor performs a skin biopsy.
Led by surgical oncologist Dr. Vadim Gushchin, The Melanoma and Skin Cancer Center at Mercy in Baltimore provides a team of physician experts offering advanced treatment options for all stages of melanoma.
Melanoma is a serious form of skin cancer. Normal pigment-producing cells become cancerous and aggressively invade surrounding healthy tissue. Most melanomas resemble moles and are brown or black, but they can also be pink, red, purple, white or skin colored. Melanoma is typically caused from exposure to UV radiation from the sun.
Fair skin, an excessive amount of moles, a history of sunburns and a family history of melanoma may increase the risk of developing melanoma.
Melanoma often appears as a mole and tends to be larger than a pencil eraser, uneven in color, asymmetrical, and ragged around the border.
Your doctor will begin with a physical examination, review of your medical history and review of your family history to diagnose melanoma. In most cases a biopsy is used to confirm melanoma. Your doctor will remove all or part of the suspicious growth for further examination by a pathologist.
Melanoma may remain only in the skin or it may spread through the blood or lymph system to other organs and bones. It is important to diagnose the tumor’s spread to the lymph glands early and the sentinel lymph node biopsy technique is a minimally invasive way to do so.
Melanoma can typically be treated successfully if it’s detected early. It is important to know the symptoms of melanoma and to see an experienced doctor in order to treat the condition before it spreads.
Treatment for early stage melanoma may only include a biopsy to remove the growth. More advanced cases of melanoma may require surgery as well as additional therapeutic options for the most effective treatment.
The Melanoma and Skin Cancer Center at Mercy provides a team of multidisciplinary experts offering the most comprehensive treatment for melanoma including:
Surgical Oncology at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, treats a broad range of cancers and benign tumors including colon and rectal cancer, liver cancer, pancreatic cancer, thyroid cancer, sarcoma and melanoma. Mercy's surgical oncologists utilize modern medical technologies such as laparoscopy, brachytherapy, hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) and microwave ablation to help eliminate tumors with minimal damage to healthy tissue.
Surgical Oncology is part of The Institute for Cancer Care at Mercy Medical Center.
Dr. Vadim Gushchin, Director of Mercy's prestigious HIPEC Program, is among the region’s leading surgical oncologists, offering long-time expertise in the treatment of complex cancers.
A Mercy patient says she believes in miracles after being diagnosed with primary peritoneal cancer and given a second chance at life.