New treatments have improved outcomes for this cancer. Find out the latest info, get support and connect with survivors.
AIM at Melanoma
AIM provides comprehensive resources for patients, families and caregivers as well as access to medical experts who can help address melanoma-related concerns, such as a recent diagnosis, treatment, clinical trials and survivorship. The Peer Connect program matches newly diagnosed patients and their loved ones with melanoma survivors to provide emotional and practical support.
American Melanoma Foundation (AMF)
Founded by melanoma patients and their relatives, AMF provides patient education and advocacy and facilitates support groups. The website features a range of melanoma information, including types, disease stages and treatment options.
At CancerCare, patients can learn to cope with their disease as well as connect with oncology social workers via the Hopeline—800-813-HOPE (4673). Patients can also learn if they qualify for financial assistance for cancer-related costs and join a melanoma patient support group.
Run by the American Society of Clinical Oncology, this patient information website provides medically reviewed, updated information about types of treatment, clinical trials and research. Learn what questions to ask your doctor and about coping with treatment, follow-up care and survivorship.
Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA)
MRA’s goal is to end suffering and death from melanoma by supporting research, with an eye toward advancing cures for all patients and improving prevention. MRA also offers newly diagnosed patients information on choosing a doctor, understanding health insurance and getting a second opinion. Those in treatment can learn about the latest therapies under investigation as well as clinical trials.
Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF)
Gain insight on what happens after a melanoma diagnosis with MRF’s Melanoma Patient Guide. You’ll learn what questions to ask your doctor, what treatment is like depending on your cancer stage and how to manage side effects. MRF’s Patient Forum allows patients and caregivers to connect with one another for support. Find financial assistance, and learn how to manage being a melanoma survivor. What’s more, the Ask the MRF Nurse resource allows you to speak to a nurse.
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Visit NCI’s website for treatment information and the latest advances in skin cancer research. Find health services and learn how to manage costs and how to live with cancer. Survivors can learn about follow-up medical care, the latest side effects of cancer treatment and questions to ask their doctor after completing treatment. Caregivers will find resources on adapting to their new role and how to take care of themselves.
Skin Cancer Foundation
This organization provides information about prevention, detection and treatment for skin cancer of all kinds, including melanoma. A related Facebook community allows patients to share their experiences and offer support to others with skin cancer. Read the Sun and Skin News blog for patient stories, advice from experts and more.