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Patients and Caregivers Are on the 'Frontline' of Melanoma Monitoring

Source: Cure Today, May 2018

Patients and their caregivers are often on the “frontline” of monitoring any suspicious moles or lesions for melanoma or possible recurrences. So, it is crucial that they know what to look for, and what warrants a trip into the doctor’s office.
Recent research, conducted at NYU Langone Health and presented at the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) Annual Congress, sought to find out how patients with melanoma perceived skin health education, and their willingness be involved in their own surveillance or a loved one’s.
“We felt it was important to conduct this project because it was almost self-evident that patients’ health support teams were playing a huge role in detecting melanomas,” Andrea Fry, AOCNP, FNP-BC, from NYU Langone Health, said in an interview with CURE. “We were doubtful that existing melanoma education was being designed with this in mind.”
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