Types of Genetic Testing for Melanoma Discussed at AAD (Video)

“In this video, Sancy A. Leachman, MD, PhD,discusses the different types of genetic testing dermatologists use for melanoma at the American Academy of Dermatology Annual Meeting.

“Leachman,professor and chair of the Department of Dermatology at Oregon Health and Science University and director of the melanoma program at Knight Cancer Institute, gave an overview of the three major tests that dermatologists use for genetic screening of melanoma, including predisposition, diagnostic and prognostic testing.

“ ‘When you combine all these genetic tests together, the really exciting thing about that is that we’ll be able to offer our melanoma patients much better information about what needs to be done next [regarding follow-up and possible therapy],’ Leachman told Healio.com/Dermatology.

“ ‘It’s a very exciting time for melanoma and especially for dermatology in melanoma,’ Leachman said. ‘We can be the leaders in terms of how melanoma is approached in the future.’ “