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Resources and organisations

Find out about organisations, support groups, books, videos and other resources to help you cope with melanoma and treatment.

Cancer Research UK

Cancer Research UK is the largest cancer research organisation in the world outside the USA. We are the European leader in the development of new anti-cancer drugs. We fund research on all aspects of the disease from its causes, to treatment and prevention, education and psychological support for patients.

We are also committed to producing high quality information for people affected by cancer, health professionals and the general public. We do this through the About Cancer pages on our website, our news and resources, and our range of health awareness leaflets.

Cancer Chat is our free online discussion forum for people affected by cancer. It is a safe space to talk to other people in similar situations, and find information and support.

If you have a question about cancer, you can contact our team of specialist cancer information nurses. Call free on 0808 800 4040, 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. To talk in your preferred language, ask for our interpreting service. Or you can send us a question online.

Specific melanoma organisations and websites

Tel: 0808 171 2455

This organisation offers support to people affected by melanoma. They have a free phone line which is available 24 hours a day, and is run by volunteers who have personal experience of melanoma. They have a network of people affected by melanoma who they can put you in touch with. They also organise support meetings every few months at various places in the UK.  

Phone: 0113 206 6527

A website with information about the research consortium with interactive materials about melanoma for medical professionals, melanoma patients and their families, and the general public.

The Melanoma Focus Helpline is a new confidential service for anyone in the UK who has a question about any aspect of melanoma.

The helpline is staffed by nurses and is open from 7pm – 9pm, Monday to Friday.

You can contact them by phone or email. Details are on the website.

Sun protection product suppliers

Tel: 01932 230907

This company sells a range of UV protective swimwear and accessories for babies, children and adults.

Tel: 01733 765030

This company sells a range of protective sun products for adults and children. Their website also has information about the sun, sun exposure, explanations about SPF and the depletion of the ozone layer.

The Beach Factory
P.O. Box 28859
SW13 0YX
Phone: 0800 954 1927

This UK company provides a comprehensive range of sun protection products, including swimwear, sunsuits, beachwear for adults and children, sun hats and sunscreen.

General support organisations and websites

Macmillan Cancer Support is a charity that gives practical, medical and financial support to people with cancer. Its helpline gives guidance on cancer and advice on benefits. It also publishes booklets about cancer and treatments.

Phone: 0808 808 0000 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm; information is available in other languages)

Textphone: 0808 808 0121

The American National Cancer Institute's patient information on melanoma cancer is detailed and comprehensive.

There is a melanoma home page, from where you can access treatment information, including a section on melanoma of the eye.

Booklets and factsheets from other organisations

You can find a list of books about cancer, treatments, and living with cancer on our general reading list.

Detecting skin cancer – how to spot the changes early

You can download a pdf version of these leaflets.

Or you can ring our leaflet enquiry line on 020 3469 8333 or email

Some of these resources are available on CD.

Understanding melanoma
Understanding advanced melanoma
Understanding chemotherapy 
Understanding cancer research trials (clinical trials)
Understanding radiotherapy 
Coping with hair loss 
Healthy eating and cancer
Coping with advanced cancer
Caring for someone with advanced cancer 
End of life: A guide
Controlling cancer pain 
Controlling cancer symptoms
Coping with fatigue
Cancer and complementary therapies
Sexuality and cancer
How are you feeling? The emotional effects of Cancer
Talking to children and teenagers when an adult has cancer
Talking about your cancer 
Lost for words – how to talk to someone with cancer
Life after cancer treatment

  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiotherapy
  • Clinical trials
  • MRI scan
  • Eating well when you have cancer
  • After treatment
  • Lymphoedema
  • Your operation and anaesthetic

To order any of the Royal Marsden Hospital booklets please telephone freephone 0800 783 7176, or email

What's up with Jane's dad? Medikidz explain advanced melanoma

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Books about melanoma

Beating Melanoma: A Five-Step Survival Guide
Steven Q. Wang
Johns Hopkins Press, 2011
ISBN: 978-0801898907

This book is written by an American doctor. It gives comprehensive information about diagnosis and treatment for early stage melanoma. As it is American, some aspects relate to the American health care system (such as finding a doctor) and are not relevant to the UK user.

Books about cancer and treatment

Everyone's Guide to Cancer Therapy (revised 5th edition)
Malin Dollinger, Ernest H Rosenbaum and Andrew H Ko
Publishers: Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2008
ISBN-13: 978-0740768576

Covers how cancer is diagnosed, treated and managed day to day.

Coping with Chemotherapy
Dr Terry Priestman
Sheldon Press, 2009
ISBN-13: 978-1847090805

Gives information about chemotherapy, its side effects, and how to cope with them. Also discusses the effect of chemotherapy on everyday life. This includes tiredness, sex life, and fertility, social life, work, holidays, exercise and diet.

Coping with Radiotherapy
Dr Terry Priestman
Sheldon Press, 2007
ISBN-13: 978-0859699990

Gives information about radiotherapy, its side effects, and how to cope with them. Also discusses the effect of radiotherapy on everyday life. This includes social life, work, travel, exercise and diet.

100 Questions and Answers about Cancer Symptoms and Cancer Treatment Side Effects (2nd edition)
Joanne Frankel Kelvin and Leslie B Tyson
Publishers: Jones and Bartlett Publishing, 2010
ISBN: 978-0763777609

An American book that gives both doctor’s and patient’s views on coping with the symptoms of cancer and the side effects of treatment. It has information about treatment for pain, nausea, tiredness and other symptoms.

Videos of people's stories

Hear what it's like to live with and beyond cancer, from people who've shared their personal stories on film.

Healthtalk has an online library of interviews with people who have lived for 5 years or more after a cancer diagnosis. See what they say about lifestyle choices, physical effects, work, family and more. 

Find local cancer information and support

NHS Choices helps you to find local cancer information and support.

Information and help

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