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    Recently diagnosed with Metastatic Melanoma. A brain tumor was found in the cerebellum and CT showed multiple nodules and a large mass in my lungs. After lung biopsy I was diagnosed with Metastatic Melanoma and referred to Dr. Omid Hamid in St. Johns medical center. Does anyone have any experience with this Dr or any recommendations to another oncologist? I hear good things about this melanoma center but Dr. Hamid has only 2.5 stars out of 4. Any advice at all? Please help.


    Catherine Poole

    Welcome Petunia. We have worked a lot with Toni Ribas who heads the program at UCLA and honored him as our doctor of the year, so I guess we are feeling he might be a good bet for you in the LA area. I think the Angeles Clinic is fine for having a variety of clinical trials but I think the research at UCLA has been outstanding. Dr. Ribas is also a fine human being and quite kind. Let us know how things go for you. You might want to view our webinars, possibly the one about brain mets and radiation, http://melanomainternational.org/webinar/2012/01/radiation-treatment-in-brain-metastases as well as our patient video, where six stage IV patients (many from here) speak out about their treatments: http://melanomainternational.org/events-webinar/patient-experience-video

    I hope you find this helpful. We also have our helpline: 866-463-6663 and you can email me personally at: cpoole@melanomainternational.org

    Keep in touch!

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