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Useful Tips: Creating a Melanoma Game Plan
Getting through melanoma is a lot like playing a sport; you have to overcome both physical and emotional challenges. Here are a few tips our passionate patient advocates picked up during their journeys, which they hope will help others.
Build a Team
There's no 'I' in cancer. Having doctors, family, and friends can help make all the difference. Your healthcare team can be there to help ease your fears and lay out a game plan to overtake melanoma. Friends and family are a great resource when you need someone to prop you up. And, even if you don’t have a lot of people there for you, help is available. There are support groups, therapists, and social workers that can offer advice as well as be there to listen.
Games aren't always won on the field. Preparation can be crucial. The same kind of approach should be taken with your doctor appointments. Be sure to prepare your questions and thoughts in advance. Also, to help prevent you from missing any details, ask someone to come along to take notes of what your doctor says.
Listen to Your Body
During treatment, you may have more energy or a better appetite on some days than others — and that’s okay. Rest when you need to, eat when you need to — whatever it takes. Set small goals for yourself to rebuild your strength.
Make a Difference
Melanoma isn't some minor league cancer. In the U.S., melanoma is currently the fifth most common cancer in men and the sixth most common in women of all age groups. Having felt the burden of melanoma—as a survivor, through a loved one, or acquaintance—think of ways to get involved. Visit your local patient advocacy group or cancer center. Your melanoma experience has made you a veteran; impart your time and knowledge to the rookies out there.