Thank you doesn't seem enough for our melanoma nurses.
28 May 2021
'Sarah is more than a nurse – she’s my supporter, my confidante and my friend. Thank you just doesn’t seem enough.’ - Lauren, melanoma patient
Sarah is one of our much loved nurses who provides direct care and support for our melanoma patients throughout their treatment journey.
Our melanoma nurses care for patients across Sydney, the Riverina and in Western Australia, and provide support for patients in remote and regional areas via telehealth.
No matter what support a patient needs – from post-surgery or clinic support, to guiding through a clinical trial or support in the community – our melanoma nurses are there.
Like Sarah is to Lauren, our nurses become like family.
‘Sarah was the first person I met when I came in for treatment at Melanoma Institute Australia, and from that moment onwards I didn’t feel alone. Cancer is frightening, but Sarah has been my rock. She has been there for all my treatments and all my scans and follow-up appointments. I don’t know how I would have survived it all without her.’ - mother of two, 46 year-old Lauren Walker.
Melanoma Institute Australia has a growing network of nurses to provide support for patients with all stages of melanoma, and also to help educate and raise awareness about melanoma prevention and early detection.
Whilst our research and clinical teams are trialling new treatments to save lives from melanoma, it is our nurses who are on the front line. Quite simply, we couldn’t save lives without them.
‘It was Sarah who I called for re-assurance when I had side effects from treatment. It was Sarah who supported me when I was really unwell in hospital, and it was Sarah who shared my elation when I was told I was finally cancer free,’ - Lauren
‘Thank you just doesn’t seem enough.'
Our melanoma nurses are our unsung heroes who are critical to the care our patients receive in all of our clinics, every day. Without them, we won’t achieve our mission of zero deaths from melanoma this decade.
We need your help to continue funding them, so please donate today for the benefit of all melanoma patients, now and in the future. Any gift you can generously give this tax time will help us continue to fund our melanoma nurses.
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