- August 5, 2010 at 3:40 am
Last I knew this Dr. Ariyan was the guy at Yale. I know he's very experienced.
I don't know who you are planing to see, but having a very experienced melanoma surgical oncologist is very important when you are first diagnosed. This is the time to head off the disease and often less experienced docs do not take the right steps.
The others gave you great advice so no reason to expand on that other than you need an SNB for sure. They only take out further nodes if the sentinel nodes are positive. If they are negative the snb will probably be the end of your treatment other than checkups. Good luck!