About the Program
It all starts with people who care.
A skin cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming. If you’re a patient or survivor looking for support, or if someone you care about has skin cancer, our Robins Nest program provides guidance to help you navigate the complexities in gaining access to health care.
Our patient services navigator can point you in the right direction and connect you with a carefully curated collection of internal and external resources. We want to streamline your search for assistance that best suits your needs, from managing health care or transportation costs to helping you cope with the disease.
Robins Nest is different because the program was designed with the unique challenges of the skin cancer patient in mind, to ensure that you’ll find specific answers to all-too-common questions like, “Where do I begin?” and “What should I do next?”
We encourage you to take an active role in your diagnosis and treatment by educating yourself, advocating for yourself and remembering that a healthy lifestyle and good health care go hand in hand.
Here are some initial suggestions:
- Connect with all health care providers, including your primary care provider, specialist physicians who may treat or prescribe medicine for you, your dentist, pharmacist and any others to inform them of your skin cancer diagnosis and treatments. Together you and an informed health care team can accurately monitor for potential side effects, drug interactions or treatment complications to make better decisions for your ongoing care.
- Find the support you need to cope. We hope you will discuss nutrition, exercise benefits and/or limitations, relaxation techniques or stress-relieving activities, sleep requirements and more with your health care team.
- Seek assistance to resolve financial, transportation, housing or other issues that arise as a result of your diagnosis. Reach out to friends, family and support services. Check our support resources page for a list of national services and organizations that may be able to help, and ask local hospitals, medical offices and community agencies if they offer any resources.
If you don’t find what you’re looking for on our support resources page, please contact us. You may also call our patient services navigator at 646.583.7977. Please note: The Skin Cancer Foundation staff is currently working remotely. Please leave a voicemail and your call will be returned as soon as possible. Calls may be returned from blocked numbers. We are happy to hear from you and provide additional assistance.