The University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and the N.C. Cancer Hospital are partnering with the Melanoma Research Foundation to host Melanoma Patient Day, an afternoon symposium offering information and support for patients with melanoma.

The University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and the N.C. Cancer Hospital are partnering with the Melanoma Research Foundation to host Melanoma Patient Day, an afternoon symposium offering information and support for patients with melanoma.

The event will be held May 6 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education in Chapel Hill. The agenda includes updates on advances in melanoma treatment, financial toxicity, nutrition, inspirational talks from survivors, a mock tumor board, and information about getting involved with the UNC Lineberger’s Patient and Family Advisory Council.

“The goal of the symposium is two-fold,” said co-organizer Paula Landman, RN, MSN, nurse navigator in the UNC Skin Cancer and Melanoma Program. “One is educational, and the other, equally important goal, is to connect patients with each other. It doesn’t feel rare to us, but melanoma is actually a rare cancer.”

The symposium is free and snacks will be provided.

The speakers will include:

Mohs surgery

Bradley Merritt, MD, associate professor in the UNC School of Medicine Department of Dermatology

Financial toxicity

Cindy Rogers, JD, patient assistance coordinator for the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Support Program

Nutrition

Meredith Moyers, MS, RD, CSO, LDN, oncology dietician, UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Support Program

Patient and Family Advisory Council

Loretta Muss, coordinator of the UNC Lineberger Patient and Family Advisory Council

Talimogene laherparepvec

Patricia Long, MSN, FNP-C, UNC School of Medicine, Division of Surgical Oncology

Advances in surgery

UNC Lineberger’s David Ollila, MD, FACS, the James H. and Jesse E. Millis Distinguished Professor in the UNC School of Medicine Division of Surgical Oncology

Mock tumor board

UNC Lineberger’s Stergios Moschos, MD, associate professor in the UNC School of Medicine Division of Hematology/Oncology

To register, go to the Melanoma Research Foundation website.