frequently asked questions


If there are questions that are not addressed here, please feel free to contact us, and we will be happy to answer them!  


Q: Is my first appointment going to involve surgery?
A: For the vast majority of patients the answer is no, although there are rare exceptions when Dr. Ritter chooses to do a procedure in the office during the first visit. These exceptions are almost always for small non-melanoma skin cancers, or are the result of a need for a further biopsy. Most first time appointments are strictly consultation appointments in order to determine the proper treatment, and to set up surgery when necessary.

Q: Can/Should I bring family along for my first appointment?
A: Dr. Ritter always prefers that patients are accompanied by either family or friends, and that they are present when he discusses your particular treatment(s) and your cancers future ramifications.

Q: Does the melanoma center accept my insurance?
A: The Melanoma Center of Hope accepts all insurances, even those for which it is not "in-network" with. Although we will accept and file to all insurances, we can not guarantee that we are either an "in-network" or "out-of-network" physician for your particular carrier and plan, or that your insurance will cover any portion of your visit and subsequent care. For these reasons we strongly recommend that you contact your insurance company before your first appointment with Dr. Ritter. Using the number located on the back of your insurance card, you can find out not only our status with your company, but also the exact terms of your coverage.