NEW YORK--The Cancer Research Institute and Cancer Care, Inc. have announced The Melanoma Initiative, a program to support public awareness of melanoma, resources for melanoma patients, and clinical research. The Initiative is funded by an unrestricted educational grant from Schering-Plough Corporation.
Under the auspices of the Initiative's research component, the Cancer Research Institute will establish a program to support phase I/II clinical trials aimed at testing novel immunotherapies for melanoma. Close to $1 million in grants will be awarded from 1997 to 1999.
Patient outreach services will include counseling and practical assistance; telephone support groups and educational seminars; a "buddy" program where melanoma patients can talk with other patients; guidance on medical services; a referral program identifying local community resources; and guidance on how to obtain home care, transportation, child care, and financial assistance.
These services will be available through Cancer Care's offices, its National Counseling Line, 1-800-813-HOPE, and its Web Site (http://www.cancercareinc.org). The centerpiece of the educational outreach component is the creation of four advertisements for People magazine.