Links You May Find Helpful
Here you will find a variety of resources that may help you during a melanoma diagnosis or search for additional information about melanoma.
Educational, Support and Other Melanoma Organizations
While the MRF is the largest independent research organization devoted to melanoma, there are many organizations and foundations involved in the fight against melanoma. Please visit our friends at:
- American Cancer Society
- Bill Walter III Melanoma Research Fund
- Cancer Hope Network – offers free and confidential support to cancer patients
- Cancer Support Community
- Faces of Skin Cancer – gives people affected by advanced skin cancer a place to share their stores
- MD Anderson Network – cancer support group
- MelanomaGirl Foundation
- Mike Geltrude Foundation
- Mollie Biggane Melanoma Fund
- National Cancer Institute
- SHADE Foundation
- Skin Cancer Foundation
- Susan Fazio Foundation for Melanoma Research
- Teb's Troops, Inc.
The following are options for financial assistance from government agencies, organizations and other programs that provide resources for cancer patients and their families.
- Patient Advocate Foundation – find assistance with insurance issues
- Government Benefits – find benefits you might be eligible for
- US Dept. of Health and Human Services – find free or reduced cost healthcare
If a patient has insurance but still can’t pay:
- PAN (Patient Access Network) Foundation – a non-profit co-payment foundation
- Patient Services Inc. – a non-profit premium and co-payment foundation
- The Healthwell Foundation – when health insurance is not enough
If patient does not have insurance:
Though some airlines offer compassionate airfare, similar to bereavement airfare, the following organizations help people in need seek free air transportation to specialized health care facilities.
- Air Care Alliance
- Corporate Angel Network Inc.
- Mercy Medical Airlift
- The National Patient Travel Center
Medicare is a government-sponsored health insurance program for people age 65 or older, some disabled people under age 65 and people of all ages with end-stage renal disease.
Many hotels near cancer centers and major healthcare facilities offer discounts to patients. Below is a list of housing resources for patients and their families when they travel for medical treatment. Please contact the treatment centers directly via their websites or toll-free numbers for more information.
- American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge – find a Hope Lodge in one of 22 states
- Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (Boston, MA)
- Fox Chase Cancer Center (Philadelphia, PA)
- Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (Seattle, WA)
- Joe’s House (a nationwide lodging guide for cancer patients
- Johns Hopkins (Baltimore, MD)
- Mayo Clinic (Arizona, Florida and Minnesota)
- MD Anderson Cancer Center (Houston, TX)
- UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center (Chapel Hill, NC)