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    Catherine Poole

    I’m not sure we all realize how closely connected our brains/mind are with our body. Counseling can be an important tool when coping with the rollercoaster ride of melanoma treatment. It is perfectly normal to be depressed, upset, anxious etc. Here is a great referral hotline to find specialized counselors and also someone you can talk to on the phone with any concerns.

    APOS offers a Toll-Free HELPLINE ~ a national resource provided to help people with cancer and their caregivers find counseling services in their own communities.

    APOS has a toll-free Helpline through which cancer patients, caregivers and advocacy organizations may obtain referrals for local counseling services throughout the United States.

    This referral program aims to connect cancer patients and their caregivers to psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, social workers and counselors skilled in the management of cancer-related distress.

    If the Helpline staff cannot find local support services and there is an immediate need for help, an APOS mental health counselor from the Helpline will continue to support them by phone while they seek professional help with coping in their community. Counseling sessions will be scheduled at the discretion of the Helpline counselor according to patient need.

    To request a confidential referral, please call: Toll Free 1-866-276-7443

    (1-866-APOS-4-HELP) or you may send an e-mail to the Helpline.


    I wrote the number, last night I read so much about clinical trials, and I know there is much less tx for mucosal melanoma that I did not sleep well. I will have this number handy. I am going back to work tomorrow and in a way is good so our insurance is paid for. Our visit with the specialist went well. my husband will go back next week (it took 3 hours drive today) it is ok though. He will start the MK-3475.

    I am so glad there is help around!. thank you all!.

    Catherine Poole

    Oh, that is good news. Hope he gets a good response.


    This is nice, catherine. Thank you for posting.

    Catherine Poole


    How are things going? We’ve not heard from you in a while..

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