Patient Resources

We believe that well supported and well-informed patients live longer, better lives. One or more of these free resources may be beneficial to you and your family.

  • MRF’s Online Forum The MRF’s Melanoma Patients Information Page (MPIP) is the oldest and largest online community of people affected by melanoma.
  • MRF’s Buddy Program The MRF’s Buddy Program is a peer-to-peer support program designed to connect melanoma patients or caregivers with survivors or family members who have “been there”. 
  • MRF’s Ask a Nurse Email Program The MRF’s Ask a Nurse Program was designed to connect patients with a medical professional through email. You can ask specific, medically based questions and receive a personalized response from our experienced nurse.
  • Cancer Support Helpline® The Cancer Support Community's Helpline (888-793-9355) is staffed by professional counselors and oncology resource specialists who are experienced in helping people with cancer and their caregivers. They are available to provide emotional support as well as information about living with cancer and referrals to local, regional and national resources. Their counselors and resource specialists can be reached by phone or live chat from Monday through Friday, 9 am - 9 pm ET. Supportive counseling is available in over 200 languages. 

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. If you know of a melanoma-specific resource that is missing from this list, please email

Travel Assistance - Flights

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.

Lodging Assistance

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.

Financial Assistance

Please visit our Financial Assistance page to learn about the organizations focused on assisting those who are having financial difficulties after a melanoma diagnosis.

AYA Resources

The needs of the adolescent and young adult (AYA) population are different from those of the pediatric and adult melanoma patient population.

Cancer Centers Focused on the AYA population: 

Organizations Focused on the AYA population: