The Melanoma Patient Conference launched in 2016 and is the brainchild of Imogen Cheese, a melanoma patient who now runs the organisation. The event is an excellent opportunity for melanoma patients to engage with other patients and medics over a couple of days, receiving first-hand information on the current systems of care, treatment access and support for Melanoma across the UK. The Melanoma Fund is proud to have sponsored and attended both the 2016 and 2017 events, meeting patients, heads of likeminded charities and medics. The charity fully supports Imogen in her amazing work and hopes to continue with this vital support in future years.
The Melanoma Fund is proud to have been involved the Melanoma Taskforce since its conception in 2010. The Melanoma Taskforce is currently chaired by Pauline Latham MP and is made up of a panel of skin cancer experts, comprised of patient group and charity representatives, GPs, skin cancer nurses, dermatologists, surgeons and oncologists. The Taskforce was set up to make practical recommendations as to how the prevention and treatment of skin cancer, and particularly melanoma, could be improved.
In 2016, Pauline Latham OBE MP asked the Melanoma Taskforce to examine the impact that the range of new treatments for melanoma has had on the lives of patients. The Taskforce’s findings are summarised in a new report, The New Melanoma Treatment Environment. To read the report click HERE.