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How can I keep a normal life while having melanoma?

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Cancer is a big deal, but it doesn't have to take over every second of every day of your life. Find places and times to put your disease on the back burner and keep things normal with schedules, family time, and hobbies.

Celebrate all the successes in your cancer journey, big or small. You can schedule a special dinner when you finish chemo or a bigger gathering when you go one year cancer-free.

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Can melanoma skin cancer be found early?" "What are the risk factors for melanoma skin cancer?" "What happens after treatment for melanoma skin cancer?" "Talking With Friends and Relatives About Your Cancer."

American Society of Clinical Oncology: "Protecting Your Skin From the Sun," "Sharing Your Story," "Recognizing Milestones," "Post-Traumatic Growth and Cancer," "Melanoma: After Treatment," "Healthy Living After Cancer."

University of Pennsylvania OncoLink: "Men's Guide to Sexuality During & After Cancer Treatment."

University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center: "Sexuality & Cancer."

Dana Farber Cancer Institute: "Sexual intimacy during cancer treatment."

Skin Cancer Foundation: "Melanoma - Treatments."

Melanoma Research Foundation: "A diagnosis of melanoma affects everyone differently."

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on June 1, 2018

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Can melanoma skin cancer be found early?" "What are the risk factors for melanoma skin cancer?" "What happens after treatment for melanoma skin cancer?" "Talking With Friends and Relatives About Your Cancer."

American Society of Clinical Oncology: "Protecting Your Skin From the Sun," "Sharing Your Story," "Recognizing Milestones," "Post-Traumatic Growth and Cancer," "Melanoma: After Treatment," "Healthy Living After Cancer."

University of Pennsylvania OncoLink: "Men's Guide to Sexuality During & After Cancer Treatment."

University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center: "Sexuality & Cancer."

Dana Farber Cancer Institute: "Sexual intimacy during cancer treatment."

Skin Cancer Foundation: "Melanoma - Treatments."

Melanoma Research Foundation: "A diagnosis of melanoma affects everyone differently."

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on June 1, 2018

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