Introducing MelaNoMore

As patients living with melanoma, we understand that receiving the diagnosis can be a frightening, confusing and isolating experience. That’s why, with assistance of St Luke’s Skin Cancer Team and Macmillan Cancer Support, we’ve joined forces to create MelaNoMore, a support group for anyone attending St Luke’s Cancer Support Centre.

 

Covid-19 Vaccination for Patients on Anti-Cancer Therapy

Anti-Cancer Therapies including Chemotherapy, Immunotherapy, other antibody treatments or Radiotherapy – Should you be Vaccinated.

Click here to view the Patient Information Leaflet from Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust.

Tuesday, Jan 26

Do you need some Support Today? You will find a helpful link/contact in our website.

Newsletter No.10 November

Chairman to move aside
Return of Grant to Macmillan
VC on Sleep Issues

Our first New Year Virtual Cafe is Wednesday 20th January 10:00-11:30

Speaker is our Delia Sworm, Cancer Nurse Specialist, “Ask the Skin Cancer nurse” re your topics of interest & new developments at St Luke’s

Future Virtual Cafe dates
Wed 24th February 10am speaker is Farrokh Pakzad, Consultant Oncoplastic Breast & Skin Cancer Surgeon “Update on Surgery”
Wed 24th March 10am speaker Dr Mazhar Ajaz, Consultant Oncologist Immunotherapy developments and related treatments
Wed 28th April 10am speaker Miss Elizabeth Clayton “Talking Heads presentation for patients”, volunteers to participate

Please submit your Questions for Delia

11 + 6 =

Helen McNamara Slides

“Sleep: What is it? Why do we need it? How do we do it well?”

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St Luke's Cancer Centre

Outpatient waiting areas redesigned & patient flows changed to allow social distancing

Telephone & Video Consultations

Slots will be booked for Drive past Blood Tests & Medication Collection;
located at front of St Luke’s

Click for Royal Surrey Coronavirus Hub

MelaNoMore Buddy System Goes Live 19.10.2020

Dear friends

Breaking News:  MELANOMORE BUDDY SYSTEM GOES LIVE

Further to our last Newsletter indicating that The Friendship Group (TFG) had been formed within MelaNoMore to set up a Buddy system, I am now delighted to announce that of today MelaNoMore Buddies has gone live.

We have decided it would be better not to use the (TFG) title for this activity, but it will remain part of MelaNoMore for other uses which may be planned later.

You will recall that the purpose of the Buddy system is to offer a friendly voice with someone who understands what you may be going through and who can offer a friendly ear.

MelaNoMore Buddies will be offered to people wanting help through talking to others who have had similar experiences with Melanoma. Those receiving help will be known as Friends and those who are giving support will be called Buddies.

Further details have now been published on www.melanomore.net of what it involves.

There will be Buddy training available for those who need it, which will be kept to a minimum, but will be very helpful to those taking up Buddying.

MelaNoMore Buddies is led by Chris Caswell, with Gina Freeman, Neil Harrison and Pam Walls who are involved most closely with the Buddy service.

In addition to this email you will receive another email today which is a form to complete should you wish to take part in the Buddy service as either a Buddy or a Friend.

NB: Please check your junk folder if you have not received this by the end of today.

 This is an exciting development and we have the full support of the Royal Surrey hospital clinicians.

One important point is that if you do not want to take part in the Buddy system that is fine and it does not preclude you from taking part in other MelaNoMore activities such as the Virtual Cafe meetings listed below held monthly. We have sent this information to everyone currently on our records, so you know of this important service development.

With kind regards

Paul, Paul Duhig, Chairman, MelaNoMore Support Group

Friends on Beach
Skin Cancer Coordinator
Kelly Smith on 01483 571122 ext 4831 or kelly.smith11@nhs.net
Our Email

Email MelaNoMore Support Group on melanomore@googlegroups.com for non-clinical issues

Our Website

Visit us on www.melanomore.net for Events, Support & Contact Details

Our Facebook Group
Join our Facebook private group ‘MelaNoMore Support Group’ by providing your email address to Kelly Smith

Where You'll Find Us

St Luke's Cancer Centre
The Royal Surrey County Hospital
Egerton Road
Guildford
GU2 7XX