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Nurse On Call

Contact Information

If you have any questions for the nurse, our nurse hotline may be accessed directly by calling toll-free (U.S. & Canada):

Phone: 1-877-AIM-2MEL or 1-877-246-2635


You can also email your questions to the nurse at:



Nurse Biography 

Barbara Smelko has been in the nursing profession for 20 years.  She has spent the majority of that time working with cancer patients, a large percentage of which have been melanoma patients.  After receiving her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Carlow College in 1990, she went to work at the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh and continued on at the Pittsburgh Cancer Institute.  She is currently working with cancer patients and patients with blood disorders at the Warren Cancer Center—a large community-based center in Pennsylvania.

A dedicated wife and mother of 4, Barbara enjoys the relationships she fosters with her cancer patients.  She is an active counselor and confidant who helps patients cope with their cancer diagnosis and navigate through their treatment process.  Barbara has a wealth of experience in evaluating patients based on disease state, discussing new problems with patients regarding cancer status, and helping patients manage the side effects of cancer treatment.  She welcomes your questions and concerns here at



Important Note Regarding Health-Related Information

The information made available through this online site (including via the "NurseOnCall" Hotline) is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.  AIM at Melanoma Foundation is not responsible for the accuracy or reliability of any such information, and your use of such information is at your own risk.


The relationship between you and AIM at Melanoma Foundation (including its employees and service providers) is not a physician-patient or similar relationship; always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.


AIM at Melanoma Foundation does not recommend or endorse any specific tests, physicians, products, procedures, opinions or other information made available through this online site (including via the "NurseOnCall" Hotline).