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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 information and support

Cancer Research UK is the largest cancer research organisation in the world outside the USA. We fund research on all aspects of cancer from its causes to prevention and treatment.

We are committed to producing high quality information for people affected by cancer.  As well as looking at the information on this website you can call our nurse freephone helpline on 0808 800 4040. They are available from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. Or you can send us a question online.

Cancer Chat is our online forum where you can share experiences.

Specific melanoma organisations and websites

This organisation offers support to people affected by melanoma. It has a free phone line available 24 hours a day that is run by volunteers who have personal experience of melanoma. It also has a network of people affected by melanoma who it can put you in touch with. It organises support meetings every few months at various places in the UK.

Tel: 0808 171 2455

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

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.

Helpline: 0808 801 0777

Sun protection product suppliers

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

Tel: 01932 230907

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.

Tel: 01202 237210

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 in the UK. Its helpline gives guidance on cancer and advice on benefits. It also publishes booklets about cancer and treatments. Information is available in other languages.

Freephone: 0808 808 00 00 (7 days a week, 8am to 8pm)
Contact email form

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

Books about cancer

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.

J F Kelvin and L B Tyson
Jones and Bartlett Publishing, 2010
ISBN 978-0763777609

An American book which 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.

Dr Terry Priestman
Sheldon Press, 2009
ISBN 978-1847090805

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

Dr Terry Priestman
Sheldon Press, 2007
ISBN 9780859699990

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

A Ko, E Rosenbaum and M Dollinger
Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2009
ISBN 9780740786310

The author and contributors of this book are all American cancer specialists. The book covers how cancer is diagnosed, treated and managed day to day.

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Videos of people's stories

Hear what it's like to live with and beyond cancer, from people who have 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.

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