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Do I need a support system to help me live with melanoma?

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A trusty support network is just as important as your medical team. Depending on what type of melanoma you have, you may need help with everyday tasks as well as someone to lean on when you feel sad or stressed. Friends and family members can take you to and from doctors' appointments, cook for you, and listen when you need to vent. It might also help to tap into networks of melanoma survivors. There are lots of them who can give advice and, most important, hope. One day, you may be able to return the favor.

SOURCES:

American Society of Clinical Oncology: "Seeking a Second Opinion," "How A Child Understands Cancer," "Supporting a Friend Who Has Cancer."

Melanoma International Foundation: "Newly Diagnosed?" "Talking to Your Children About Melanoma."

Aim at Melanoma Foundation: "Getting A Second Opinion."

Melanoma Research Foundation: "Just diagnosed with melanoma?"

Cancer Support Community: "Communicating with Your Health Care Team About Metastatic Melanoma," "Tips for Coping."

Patient Advocate Foundation: "Second Opinions."

National Cancer Institute: "Taking Time."

Melanoma Foundation New England: "Just Diagnosed," "Talking with Your Family About Melanoma."

University of Pennsylvania: "Talking To Your Children About Your Cancer Diagnosis."

American Cancer Society: "Talking With Friends and Relatives About Your Cancer," "Road to Recovery."

Providence Regional Cancer Partnership: "Share the Care Mobilizes Volunteers to Assist with Patient's Needs."

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on June 01, 2018

SOURCES:

American Society of Clinical Oncology: "Seeking a Second Opinion," "How A Child Understands Cancer," "Supporting a Friend Who Has Cancer."

Melanoma International Foundation: "Newly Diagnosed?" "Talking to Your Children About Melanoma."

Aim at Melanoma Foundation: "Getting A Second Opinion."

Melanoma Research Foundation: "Just diagnosed with melanoma?"

Cancer Support Community: "Communicating with Your Health Care Team About Metastatic Melanoma," "Tips for Coping."

Patient Advocate Foundation: "Second Opinions."

National Cancer Institute: "Taking Time."

Melanoma Foundation New England: "Just Diagnosed," "Talking with Your Family About Melanoma."

University of Pennsylvania: "Talking To Your Children About Your Cancer Diagnosis."

American Cancer Society: "Talking With Friends and Relatives About Your Cancer," "Road to Recovery."

Providence Regional Cancer Partnership: "Share the Care Mobilizes Volunteers to Assist with Patient's Needs."

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on June 01, 2018

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