Skin Cancer Support Groups and Organizations
Living with a skin cancer diagnosis can be incredibly challenging. Even if your skin cancer has responded well to treatments, there is still a worry of recurrence (return of the cancer following treatment). Life with skin cancer can be incredibly difficult for the person receiving the diagnosis, however, this life change can also affect caregivers, friends, and family as well. No matter who you are, what your treatment plan looks like, or where you’re at in life, it’s always more than okay to reach out for additional support and aid. Your doctor can often point you in the direction of local, in-person support groups, therapists, counselors, or other organizations that can be incredibly helpful. In addition, communities like ours are designed to provide you with support, information, and much more along the way. There are other networks and organizations out there that offer support and information. Below is a list of several organizations you may find helpful in your journey, but keep in mind, this is certainly not an exhaustive list.
American Academy of Dermatology
For information and education on all types of skin cancers and melanomas. You can also use their search tool to find a dermatologist.
American Melanoma Foundation
Provides resources to anyone wanting to start a local support group, along with other information.
Has several locations across the U.S. that work with airlift corporations to take individuals with cancer to faraway treatment locations free of charge.
Cancer Care Inc.
Toll-free line that sends individuals to local support in their area and individual counseling.
Cancer Hope Network
Formerly CHEMOCare, connects individuals to cancer survivors in a one-on-one setting to help encourage completion of radiation, surgery, and chemotherapy, among other undesirable aspects of cancer care.
Cancer Support Community
Communities nationwide for emotional support and education for patients and families.
Corporate Angel Network
Provides free of charge air transportation on corporate jets for individuals needing to travel far distances to receive care.
Enright Melanoma Foundation
Teaches sun safety and raises sun safety awareness to prevent melanoma. Provide a Sun Safety Certification Program for individuals of all ages.
Help for Cancer Caregivers
Provides educational materials and other resources for caregivers.
Look Good… Feel Better
Teaches beauty care to individuals with cancer post-treatment or surgery.
Make-A-Wish Foundation of America
Making children with cancer’s wishes come true free of charge.
Melanoma International Foundation
Patient navigation hotline to provide information and treatment locations.
Melanoma Research Foundation
Provides information, support, treatment locations, and research symposia throughout the country.
National Cancer Institute
Created by the US Government for information on trials, treatments, and insurance, among other entities. Also provides a toll-free number for support and direction to local events and groups.
National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship
Advocacy organization run by survivors.
National Family Caregivers Association
Provides support to caregivers in order to improve quality of life.
Partnership for Prescription Assistance
Identifies participating programs where free prescriptions can be obtained.
Patient Access Network Foundation (PAN)
Provides aid to insured patients with health insurance that covers his or her qualifying medication or product. Two of PAN’s programs center around metastatic melanoma and advanced basal cell carcinoma.
Patient Advocate Foundation
Helps foster communication between patients and their insurance providers, employers, and/or creditors, to provide smooth transitions in employment, payments, etc. before, after, and during care.
Promoting education and prevention for children regarding skin cancer.
Skin Cancer Foundation
Provides information and support regarding all things skin cancer.