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Finding Support During Treatment for Melanoma

Dealing with your feelings is often easier as you learn more about your disease and get support from other people. Doctors, nurses, and other members of your healthcare team can answer questions about your concerns.

Talk to friends and relatives or get in touch with others who have had cancer. Or meet with a social worker, counselor, or religious leader. Many people with cancer go to support groups where they share what they have learned about cancer and its treatments. Here are some ways to find support:

  • Ask a nurse or social worker at your hospital or clinic to suggest a local or national group that can offer emotional support, information, financial aid, transportation, home care, or other services.

  • Call the National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Information Service at 800-4-CANCER (800-422-6237). They have information on resources.

  • Call the American Cancer Society at 800-ACS-2345 (800-227-2345). It is a nonprofit organization that helps patients and their families.