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Through telemedicine, we are now offering comprehensive skin consultations between your patients and the teaching faculty of medical schools
Patients have the right to be respected, to receive the highest quality healthcare possible, to be informed about diagnostic studies, risks, and treatment options, confidentiality, privacy, and to voice complaints and grievances. The right patient needs to be truthful and complete in answering all questions about past medical history, provide information about current medical problems being treated by other healthcare providers, and cooperate fully in trying to understand healthcare instructions and treatment programs that have been mutually agreed upon to increase the probability of success.
Pathology is the study of disease. Pathologists are board certified physicians who have completed five (5) years of training after medical school and who oversee laboratories where diagnostic studies of patient samples are analyzed. When your local healthcare provider performs diagnostic studies (cultures, biopsies, etc.) as a part of the workup of your skin disorder, these specimens are sent to a laboratory. Not all laboratories have the same quality or abilities of sending back helpful information to your healthcare provider to further a plan of treatment of your skin disorder. NEBRASKA MELANOMA CENTER ® has both local and national resources to provide the right diagnosis of your skin disorder to your primary healthcare provider.
Before patients with a skin problem begin the right treatment plan, the correct diagnosis of the problem must be obtained. The correct diagnosis is based upon fully compiling and evaluating all clinical, radiologic, and pathologic information about the patient. NEBRASKA MELANOMA CENTER ® has a growing network of talented licensed healthcare professionals who deliver fully integrated, cost effective skin disease diagnosis and treatment across the State of Nebraska as well as healthy skin and skin cancer prevention programs. These professionals include primary healthcare providers, dermatopathologists, pathologists, surgeons, medical oncologists, and radiation therapists.
If you undergo a skin biopsy, the skin specimen may be sent to NEBRASKA MELANOMA CENTER ®and its affiliate, Pathology Services, P.C. for processing, evaluation, diagnosis, and inclusion in its database. Having your skin biopsy specimen(s) sent to Pathology Services, PC. is not required to avail yourself of the resources of NEBRASKA MELANOMA CENTER ®. If your healthcare provider sends your skin biopsy specimen elsewhere, NEBRASKA MELANOMA CENTER ® would appreciate a copy of your pathology report to include its diagnosis in its Nebraska cancer registry. Ongoing national research furthers our efforts to continually improve skin disease diagnosis and treatment for Nebraskans.
NEBRASKA MELANOMA CENTER ® is a public-private effort in healthcare services related to educating Nebraskans about proper skin care as well as the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of skin conditions, especially benign skin growths and skin cancers.
Nebraskans may contact Healthy Nebraska, Inc. to request additional information about skin care and skin diseases as well as obtain an appointment for skin cancer screening by licensed healthcare professionals in our NEBRASKA MELANOMA CENTER ® network in Nebraska.
Byron L. Barksdale, M.D.