Our clinical experts, members and patient representatives have convened to produce the Melanoma Stages and Treatment – Patient Guide to support your patients on all aspects of cutaneous melanoma care including diagnosis, treatment, health and well-being and follow-up.
Additionally, via the rare melanoma guidelines groups, we have generated bespoke resources for patients with rare melanomas.
Dr Miranda Payne, Oxford Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust who chaired the MPG project said:

‘Thank you to Melanoma Focus for giving us the opportunity to update these guidelines. It’s been a fantastic collaboration between patients and professionals, all with the shared aim of making a complicated subject as straightforward, accessible and user-friendly as possible.’

Dr Elaine Vickers, a renowned science communicator, has developed four educational videos to explain melanoma, immunotherapies, targeted therapies and T-VEC below. Prior to recording, each video, we obtained feedback from cohorts of melanoma patient representatives.

Dr. Elaine Vickers, Cancer Science Communicator, explains what melanoma is and why you have it, in this patient focused video.

Dr. Elaine Vickers. What is melanoma?

Dr. Elaine Vickers, explains how immunotherapy works for patients, and why it is used in the treatment of melanoma skin cancer.

Dr. Elaine Vickers. Understanding Immunotherapy

Dr. Elaine Vickers, explains how targeted therapies work for patients, and why they are used in the treatment of melanoma skin cancer.

Dr. Elaine Vickers. Understanding Targeted Therapies

Dr. Elaine Vickers, explains how T-VEC works for patients, and its use in the treatment of melanoma skin cancer

Dr. Elaine Vickers. Understanding T-VEC

Adjuvant Therapy

Adjuvant therapy has been explained with the development of four informational images to help pictorially explain the potential benefits of adjuvant treatment in 3A, 3B, 3C and 3D disease.

Patient journey support

We have created two animated videos to help explain what a sentinel lymph node biopsy is and what happens on the day.
Patients also fed back about wanting specific expert information on prognosis and living with melanoma and consideration of other aspects of health such as diet and the microbiome, exercise and fertility and we have produced sections on these topics.

 

Further Information

Many melanoma medical and nursing teams are sharing leaflets on the Melanoma Stages and Treatment – Patient Guide, Melanoma Helpline and Melanoma TrialFinder information within their patient packs to support your patients.

If you would like to order leaflets for your patient packs or to display in a clinic or hospital setting, please email us.