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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.

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Location and contact

Melanoma Rapid Diagnostic Unit (RDU)

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
2075 Bayview Avenue, 
T-wing, 1st floor
Toronto, ON M4N 3M5

Fax: 416-480-6179

 Physician referrals (PDF)