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Coping After Surgery

How will I cope emotionally?

  • Your emotional recovery is just as important as your physical recovery.
  • You may have feelings of fear, sadness, or anger.
  • Ask for help from family and friends.
  • You may wish to speak to an oncology nurse from the Melanoma Site Nursing Team.
  • Please feel free to ask questions to help you understand your diagnosis and treatment.

What help can I get?

Sunnybrook Odette Cancer Centre Resources:

Call the Patient and Family Support Program at 416-480-4623 or ask your surgeon or oncology nurse to refer you to any of the following services:

  • Social Worker
  • Drug Reimbursement Specialist – helps patients find funding for medications not covered under the Ontario Drug Benefit Program
  • Psychologist
  • Psychiatrist (a doctor's referral is needed to see a Psychiatrist)
  • Dietitian

Other Important Sunnybrook Contacts:

  • Occupational Therapist 416-480-6100, extension 5335
  • Physiotherapist 416-480-6100, extension 80541

Community Resources:

Ask your team for more information about these programs:

  • Canadian Cancer Society — Peer Support program
  • Wellspring
  • Gilda's Club
  • Melanoma Network of Canada
  • Save Your Skin Foundation

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