Melanoma Rapid Diagnostic Unit (RDU)
This unique clinic provides rapid assessment and diagnosis for individuals with a clinically abnormal lesion that is highly suspicious for melanoma.
Individuals benefit from the collaborative expertise of a dermatologist and a melanoma-dedicated surgical oncologist, who are seen simultaneously for consultation in the clinic. Same-day biopsy is performed if appropriate.
How the Melanoma Rapid Diagnostic Unit works
- A family physician or dermatologist can refer patients to the Melanoma Rapid Diagnostic Unit if the patient has an abnormal lesion on clinical finding that is highly suspicious of melanoma.
- Once the referral is received, the family physician or dermatologist notifies the patient.
- The individual is seen simultaneously in clinic by a dermatologist and a melanoma-dedicated surgical oncologist. A biopsy of the lesion if deemed appropriate, is performed the same day.
- If a biopsy is performed, patients receive the diagnosis on their next visit in approximately two weeks. If further treatment is required, his/her care is supported within the Melanoma Care team at the Odette Cancer Centre.
- Individuals who do not have a diagnosis of melanoma but who are high risk may be referred to the Pigmented Skin Lesion Clinic that provides prevention and surveillance expertise through a Digital Photography Program.
- A note is sent back to the referring physician summarizing all findings and management recommendations.