My husband is being treated for Stage III melanoma in Sacramento, but our doctors here now feel we need to see specialists in San Francisco. We may be referred to Dr. David Minor at California Pacific Medical Center, or possibly a Dr. Spittler with UCSF. I'm not sure how to determine who's the best, or if there is a particular person we should try to see . . .
Comments and insights on best options in Northern California much appreciated.
My husband has had surgers in October and again in January to remove a melanoma from the bottom of his foot, cancerous lymph nodes. 90 days after the first surgery, a PET scan found more cancer in the groin area, which proved to be more extensive than our surgeon had anticipated. I have asked if we are now Stage III or IV, but our surgical oncologist said that is open to interpretation - just that it is time to see someone for whom melanoma is a specialty area.