Skin cancer has a better outcome than most other types of cancer. When you discover you have skin cancer you may worry about the treatment, managing side-effects and medical bills. The doctor and other members of our team can answer many of the questions you may have or address your concerns. You can also draw upon other community resources and various online forums.
Melanoma New Zealand (formerly known as the Melanoma Foundation of New Zealand) is a registered charitable trust devoted to issues relating to melanoma. Their mission is to prevent avoidable deaths and suffering from melanoma. For more information visit their website www.melanoma.org.nz
CancerChatNZ can be used by anyone with internet access who has a question or information to share anonymously with a cancer nurse and other registered online users. Visit their website www.cancerchatnz.org.nz for more information on this online forum.
The Cancer Information Helpline is a national toll-free service available to people with cancer, their families, the public and health professionals. Experienced cancer nurses are available to answer your call or email on any cancer-related question, in confidence and in plain language. For more information phone the Cancer Information Helpline on 0800 CANCER (226 237) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Central PHO’s Community-based Cancer Support Service is provided to anyone with a possible, probable or definite diagnosis of cancer and are enrolled with a PHO and/or is a resident in the PHO area. Priority will be given to particular groups including: those not yet established with cancer treatment services; those newly diagnosed with cancer; Maori, Pacific peoples and people with low income. The service will help people to improve understanding of your condition, gain support from others, and assist in trying to improve your quality of life.
Then there are also different support groups or individual counselling to turn to. They provide some choice as to how you want to address the various issues arising from a diagnosis of skin cancer. Meeting with a social worker or an experienced counselor can be helpful if you want to talk about your feelings, emotions or other issues. Local web search solutions can help you find the most suitable support or counselling service in your area.