What to consider as a caregiver supporting a loved one with advanced melanoma

Caring for a loved one with advanced melanoma can be challenging for everyone involved. There can be demands on your time, your emotions, and even your finances. Stay informed and be sure to get the support you need. Caregivers can also get 24/7 nurse support with KEY+YOU. Find out more.

  • Communication


    Talking openly and honestly with your loved one, his or her medical team, and other people in your life can help you through this difficult time.

    Get resources to help you navigate the treatment process

  • Treatment Decisions

    Treatment decisions

    Figuring out what’s best for your loved one can be difficult if you don’t agree on certain aspects of his or her treatment. Although your opinion does matter, remember that as long as your loved one is able to make decisions, it’s best to let him or her have the final say.

    Learn more about treatment options

  • Managing a Health Care Team

    Managing a health care team

    Your loved one’s health care team can be complex. There are many different doctors, nurses, and specialists you’ll have to work with. But remember, the health care team is there to help.

    Learn more about managing a health care team

  • Paying for Treatment

    Paying for treatment

    Treating cancer can be very costly. Learn as much as you can about your loved one’s financial and insurance situation so you’re prepared. And see if they’re eligible for The Merck Access Program.

    Learn more about Merck’s financial assistance program

Taking care of yourself while caring for a loved one with advanced melanoma

To be an effective caregiver, it’s important to look out for your own health and well-being. The following tips and resources may help you better care for your loved one and yourself.

  • Ask for help if you need it
  • Set aside time for yourself
  • Pay attention to your own feelings and emotions
  • Consider joining a support group
  • Try to focus on the present

Caregiver Action Network

Family Caregiver Alliance

National Association for Home Care & Hospice

KEY+YOU is here for caregivers, with 24/7 nurse support

Get 24/7 nurse support and helpful resources for you and your loved one with KEY+YOU—a support program for patients and caregivers. If you have questions or need assistance signing up, please call
85-KEYTRUDA (855‑398‑7832).