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Tumor Board (Visible Tumor Conference)
Roy Grekin, MD, Director
Julie Guillen, RN, Nurse Coordinator

The UCSF Visible Tumor Conference (VTC) is designed to provide comprehensive consultative care for patients with complicated, advanced, recurrent, or unusual cutaneous tumors. This monthly conference brings together experts from dermatologic surgery, otolaryngology, plastic surgery, and radiation oncology to evaluate patients and devise management recommendations.

Patients assessed in this conference include those with advanced or recurrent non-melanoma skin cancers (basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma). Patients with rare cutaneous malignancies, such as Merkel cell carcinoma, atypical fibroxanthoma, dermatofibromasarcoma protuberans, malignant fibrohistiocytoma, sebaceous carcinoma, and extramammary Paget’s disease, are also often referred for comprehensive evaluation.

Though some patients are self-referred, the majority of VTC patients are referred to UCSF by physicians. Please contact Julie Guillen, RN Nurse Coordinator for appointments and instructions at ph (415) 353-7878, fax (415)353-7838.

The following information needs to be received at UCSF prior to the appointment (attention “Julie Guillen, RN for VTC”):

  • All relevant medical records
  • All prior skin biopsy glass pathology slides
  • All prior radiographic imaging reports (X-ray, CT scan, MRI)
  • Upon initial review of available records, the referring physician may be asked to order additional imaging studies prior to the conference in order to optimize comprehensive discussion at the tumor board

Participating Physicians

Updated: September 15, 2008
This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or health care provider. We encourage you to discuss with your doctor any questions or concerns you may have.
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