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Melanoma Resources: Where to Find the Help You Need
Organizations That Aim to Improve Life for Patients
Melanoma Research Foundation: 800-673-1290. The Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF) is the largest independent organization devoted to melanoma. Their mission is to support medical research to find effective treatments and a cure for melanoma, to educate patients and physicians about the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of melanoma, and to advocate for the melanoma community.
The American Melanoma Foundation: 858-412-3271. The mission of AMF is to raise public awareness and educate on the prevention and risks of melanoma, to provide patient education and advocacy, to facilitate patient support groups, and to fund research and discovery programs for the treatment of melanoma.
Impact Melanoma: 800-557-6352. Impact Melanoma seeks to provide education, prevention, and support for skin cancer. They are a national nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing the incidence of melanoma.
American Cancer Society: 800-227-2345. American Cancer Society offers resources, news, and online support groups for a range of cancers, including melanoma.
Melanoma International Foundation: 866-463-6663. MIF is a nonprofit that seeks to provide guidance to melanoma patients and develop personalized strategies so they may live longer, better lives.
Melanoma Research Alliance: 202-336-8935. The mission of the Melanoma Research Alliance is to end suffering and death due to melanoma by collaborating with all stakeholders to accelerate powerful research, advance cures for all patients, and prevent future melanomas.
American Academy of Dermatology: 888-462-3376. The goal of AAD is to promote leadership in dermatology and excellence in patient care through education, research, and advocacy. The site offers information for patients.
Financial Assistance: Help When You Need It
Melanoma Research Foundation: 800-673-1290. Offers a list of organizations, links, and contacts to help those whose melanoma diagnosis is becoming a financial burden on them or their family.
Health Central: Provides links to financial assistance resources so that you can get the help you need to prevent and treat skin cancer. The programs will help you afford the cost of physician visits, medical procedures, and medications used to treat your skin cancer.
American Academy of Dermatology: The AAD has a database that allows you to check for free skin cancer screenings in your geographic area.
CancerCare: 866-552-6729. CancerCare offers limited financial and copay assistance, as well as the option of having a professional oncologist social worker find you additional resources. They also have an online database that helps you find doctors and a range of assistance.
Fifth Season Financial: 866-459-1271. Fifth Season Financial is a financial assistance resource that works to relieve the financial burden experienced by many late-stage cancer patients.
Coping, Advocacy, and Support
Cancer Support Community: 888-793-9355. Join 177,000-plus people registered to give support for others after a skin cancer diagnosis. Build your support community with friends and family to help you through the treatment process.
SkinCancer.Net: Provides a comprehensive list of melanoma and skin cancer support groups.
DailyStrength: Explore DailyStrength's Skin Cancer support groups and meet others who are facing issues related to skin cancer.
Inspire: A skin cancer support and discussion community for sharing experiences with melanoma, carcinomas, screening, moles, sun exposure, treatments, and more.
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: MSKCC provides a Counseling Center that offers both individual and group counseling sessions to help you and your family cope with your disease. It also offers a Survivorship Center that has support groups, follow-up programs, educational resources, and more.
CancerCare: 800-813-HOPE ext. 4673. CancerCare offers free online, telephone, and face-to-face services for those with melanoma and a range of cancers. Their services include individual counseling and support in groups so you can find the help you need.
Facts and Statistics
Medications and Therapies
Patient and Community Blogs
Dear Melanoma: An authentic glimpse into the roller coaster that is life with stage 4 melanoma — the highs, the lows, and the in-between.
Melanoma Jo: Jolene was diagnosed with stage 4 malignant melanoma on September 29, 2010 at age 23. Jo offers the story of her cancer journey to raise awareness and share her story.
Facing Melanoma: Francisco Gabriel was diagnosed with malignant melanoma in January 2014. He decided to write about it so he could share his thoughts and feelings, as well as raise awareness of one of the most rapidly growing types of cancer.
Adventures With My Enemy Melanoma: Chelsea, 25, describes herself as a “stage 3 melanoma diva.” Instead of letting cancer destroy her life, she is determined to share her experiences with others and promote melanoma awareness.
Clinical Trials for Melanoma
NIH: ClinicalTrials.gov is a database of privately and publicly funded clinical studies conducted around the world. Explore 272,882 research studies in all 50 states and in 203 countries.
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