Do You Have Questions About Melanoma?
AIM at Melanoma knows that a melanoma diagnosis can be confusing, but you don’t have to handle it alone. That’s why our team includes a specialized physician assistant to help you navigate through the entire spectrum of care. Our melanoma medical expert can provide accurate answers to a wide range of melanoma questions on a confidential basis.
We can help you with:
- General questions about melanoma prevention, symptoms, and screening, such as “What should I do to prevent melanoma? What are the symptoms of melanoma? I have a family history of melanoma, should I get genetic testing?”
- Questions related to a melanoma diagnosis, treatment, clinical trials, and survivorship, such as, “What does my diagnosis mean? What are the stages of melanoma? What are my treatment options? Could I be eligible for a clinical trial?”
- Questions about side effects you might experience during melanoma treatment and questions about will happen during and after treatment.
AIM’s medical expert cannot give medical advice or diagnose medical problems.
Our online form is available at any time, and you can expect answers within 48 business hours.
Who Will I Be Talking To?
You will speak with Melissa Wilson, PA-C, MPAS, who has a wealth of knowledge and experience helping melanoma patients and their families. Melissa is up-to-date about the latest melanoma treatments and research.
A natural trailblazer, Melissa is proud of her collaborative work as an NCCPA-certified physician assistant senior since 2005 with the distinguished melanoma specialist Dr. John Kirkwood at the University of Pittsburgh in the Cancer Institute Division of Hematology/Oncology, Department of Medicine. Their treatment and research initiatives were so successful that they have been used as a template for other cancer programs throughout the country. Wilson works as a lead physician assistant for the Melanoma Program at UPMC Hillman Cancer Center.
A natural teacher, Melissa has also worked with a multidisciplinary team on patient education and collaboration. She holds appointments at Chatham University Clinical Preceptor where she is adjunct faculty and is a cancer care module lecturer on melanoma since 2013. She also lectured at AIM’s melanoma patient symposium in April 2018.
What Can You Help Me With?
When you contact us, our physician assistant can:
- Help you understand your condition
- Help you understand your report or test results
- Explain your treatment options
- Offer suggestions on diet, exercise, or managing side-effects
- Help you understand what your symptoms mean and if you should call your doctor
Can You Give Me a Diagnosis or Prognosis?
We can answer your questions about symptoms but cannot confirm a diagnosis or give you a.
What If I Am Looking for Melanoma Resources in My Community?
AIM’s Director of Community Engagement can refer you to support groups, community social services, or other resources based on your needs. Please contact our Director of Community Engagement.
Is There a Cost?
No. AIM’s services are 100% free and 100% confidential.