Looking for help?

Receiving a diagnosis of melanoma can feel scary and you may have many questions on your mind.

Here are some helpful tips on how best to deal with all those initial questions:

  • Remember the best source of information is your own doctor, as your case is unique.
  • If a question pops into your mind, write it down so you can remember to ask your doctor at your next appointment.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask your doctor questions, they are there to help.
  • If you can, bring someone with you to appointments, it’s helpful to have a second pair of ears.
  • Bring a notebook to appointments to take notes, sometimes it’s easy to forget what your doctor has said.
  • It can be hard to know if what you read on the internet is reliable. We recommend you explore the information on our website, as it’s evidence-based and has New Zealanders in mind.
  • Our recommended online resources  have been carefully chosen to represent up-to-date, evidence-based, authoritative information.
  • Reach out to one of the many great support services available.
  • Download the Just Diagnosed brochure for more information.

We’re here to help you

If you have melanoma, getting the right kind of support can really make a difference. Don't be afraid to ask for help. Our Melanoma Information Advisor may be able to support your journey.

Things to remember... 

Your diagnosis and chances of getting through are unique to you. Melanoma survival statistics only describe a group of similar patients. Every individual is different.

There is often no single answer when it comes to treatment, but you can be an active participant by asking questions and being informed about what is happening to your body.