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Who are we?
We are a team of nurses who specialise in the care and support of people with a diagnosed skin cancer. This may include melanomas, squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma skin cancers. A Clinical Nurse Specialist (sometimes called a CNS) is available to every patient diagnosed with a skin cancer. We may also be referred to as your Key Worker. Many people will be involved in your care and they form the Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT), your Key Worker is the link between you and the other MDT members throughout your treatment.
What do we do?
We are there to support you at every stage of your disease including:
- During treatment
- After treatment
- Any recurrence of your cancer
We can support you, your relatives and carers by providing information about tests and investigations, current illness and possible treatments. We can offer advice and support about side-effects related to your treatment and how best to manage them.
If you have any concerns relating to your diagnosis, treatment and aftercare please contact us.
How can we help?
We provide a point of contact and support for you and your family at the time of diagnosis. The diagnosis of cancer can be a very uncertain time. By providing clear accurate information for you, we hope to reduce some of the fears and anxieties that you may be facing.
We can explain what the planned investigations are for and what they involve.
We liaise on your behalf with other health professionals, both in hospital and in the community.
If we are unable to help with your enquiry, we will speak to the relevant Consultant or health care professional and try to find out the information you need. If you wish, we can also speak to your relatives or carers, as they may have their own questions about your illness or treatment.
We can offer you help and advice on:
- Changes in body image, sexual issues, communication and relationships
- Management of the symptoms of your illness and side-effects caused by your treatments; including surgery, radiotherapy, hormone treatments, chemotherapy and other treatments. And, we can refer you to other helpful services including; Benefits and financial support, Psychological Support, Complementary Therapies, Lymphoedema Service, District Nursing, Community Macmillan Nurses and local Support Groups.
- Social care and community support
- Psychological and emotional issues
If you have any questions about your treatment or investigations and require further information and support, please contact your key worker on: 01904 721719. We have a voicemail facility if you wish to leave a message, which we check regularly and return calls.
Other useful numbers and approved websites
Click on the links below for information
- Melanoma Focus – Click on patient decision aid and select your stage for more information
- Melanoma stage 1
- Melanoma stage 2
- Melanoma stage 3
- Melanoma stage 4
- Melanoma insitu
- Lentigo Maligna
- Macmillan: melanoma
- Melanoma UK - 0808 171 2455
Non melanoma skin cancer
Sun Safety and vitamin D
- How to check your skin
- Self-examination body mapping
- Skin cancer: how to reduce the risk of getting a second one
Patient information leaflets
- Raising awareness through education promoting prevention and early detection campaigning for change
- British Association of Dermatologists
- DermNet NZ
- British Association of Skin Camouflage - 01978 265760
- Changing Faces - 0300 012 0275
- Melanoma UK - 0808 171 2455
- British Skin Foundation - 020 7391 6341