A melanoma diagnosis can be overwhelming. But you don’t have to face the challenges alone. The Melanoma Network of Canada offers a wide variety of free services to support patients, families and caregivers through every step of their journey.
Services Offered from Melanoma Network of Canada
Contact Melanoma Network of Canada
Call us or email us and let us know how we can help you. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us directly at 905-901-5121 or if long distance 1-877-560-8035 Monday to Friday, 9 a.m.to 5 p.m. EST. Calls are generally returned within 24 hours.
Please note we do not give medical advice, but can assist people with melanoma os other forms of skin cancer by answering questions, reviewing their diagnosis and treatment options and helping to make sense of often complex terminology and information. We can offer support and assistance with decision-making. If we can’t answer your questions, MNC will research your specific question or request and provide you with a timely response wherever possible, either by phone or e-mail.
We try to help you navigate the diagnosis and the medical system wherever possible. For most of us, the diagnosis alone, can be stressful enough. We help steer you to the right information and resources.
Within Reach: Patient Peer to Peer Support Program
Are you a patient or caregiver looking to speak with someone else that has perhaps been where you are currently and can offer some insights and support? Ask us about our peer support program, called ‘Within Reach’ .This program is designed to connect melanoma patients to a peer volunteer who has also faced the disease and can offer their experience and provide information and support as needed.
This service is offered by telephone or email and can connect patients anywhere in the country. Patients can create a special connection with one another and be able to relieve some of their stress, worries, concerns, and fears that come from living with cancer diagnosis. Peer mentors will be assigned (based on availability) by similar diagnosis, life situation, etc.
If you are interested in becoming a Peer to Peer volunteer or would like to be matched with a fellow patient/caregiver please contact Charlene Hally Chally@melanomanetwork.ca or 1-877-560-8035 x 105
Sign Up For Our Online Discussion Forum
The MNC web-based Discussion Forum provides a place to ask questions or provide insights and information on your own experience with other patients and caregivers. Check it out – It is a great way to get a timely response to your questions or concerns. Visit our Discussion Forum at www.melanomanetwork.ca/forums.
Publications for Patients & Caregivers
Read our world-class publications designed and produced by MNC for melanoma patients, caregivers and physicians. Click here to access the publications. You can also access our list of books and other helpful websites. If you would like to receive a print copy of our publications please contact Charlene Hally CHally@melanomanetwork.ca or 1-877-560-8035 x 105
MNC Monitor -Sign Up for our quarterly Newsletter
Our newsletter is published 4 times per year and provides updates on the latest treatment therapies, events, patient stories and issues facing patients in Canada. By signing up for our mailing list you will receive the latest in our newsletters and event information. Archived editions of our newsletter can be found here. Please note that MNC respects the privacy of our patients at all times. We never provide patient contact information to outside service providers or advertisers. Click here to sign up today!
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Attend a Melanoma Information Session
Melanoma information sessions provide patients, their families and friends, and health care providers with information and updates on the latest in treatment therapies and support related to Melanoma. These sessions are free of charge and are held throughout the year, generally at major cancer treatment centres across the country. Please contact us for more information or click on our event calendar for upcoming dates and locations.
Click here to find out more, watch past sessions, and for a list of event dates.
Bookmark the MNC Website
Visit our site regularly for up to date information on melanoma, patient support, caregiver resources, treatment options, drug updates, news, events and more!
Why Get Support?
Using our support services may help you:
- Feel more connected to others who understand living with melanoma
- Gain a sense of empowerment and control
- Improve coping skills and adjustment to a cancer diagnosis
- Talk openly and honestly about your feelings
- Reduce distress, depression or anxiety
- Get a clearer understanding of what to expect
- Learn about new medical research
- Get practical information about treatment options
- Compare notes about resources, such as doctors and alternative options
We are here to listen and support you anywhere in Canada – you are not alone!