Coping and Support
A diagnosis of melanoma can deeply affect a person’s physical and emotional well-being. The condition is more likely to be fatal than other skin cancers and may return, even after intensive treatments such as surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. People who have been treated for melanoma can be left with scars after their cancer is removed or require reconstructive surgery. In addition, chemotherapy and radiation have short- and long-term physical side effects that can be difficult to manage.
For this reason, people with skin cancer who experience anxiety, depression or stress should get professional counselling to deal with their feelings or seek support from people who understand their situation