Sun Safety and Psychological Challenges For Melanoma Survivors

Many skin cancer survivors develop high anxiety regarding sun exposure and being outside, especially during summer. How can active coping strategies and behavioral changes help patients address these concerns? In this conversation, we’ll discuss the psychological impacts of UV exposure on patients and how you can continue to live life to the fullest while protecting yourself and those you love from harmful exposure.
Guest: Kathleen M. Madden, MSN, FNP-BC, AOCNP®, APHN 
Kathleen Madden, MSN, FNP-BC, AOCNP®, APHN is a Family Nurse Practitioner in the melanoma & cutaneous medical oncology group of the Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Clinical Cancer Center at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City. Kathy’s experience during the past 2 decades at NYU has included working primarily in adult medicine and oncology with a focus on skin cancers with melanoma, she also serves as a sub-investigator for all melanoma & cutaneous research protocols and select phase 1 protocols at the Clinical Cancer Center. Kathy lectures nationally in her area of expertise and has multiple publications in her specialty. She has also served as clinical adjunct faculty for students working toward their bachelor’s and master of science in nursing. Kathy is also passionate about integrative healing arts and holds board certifications in Advanced Practice in Oncology and Holistic Nursing accompanied by additional certifications in Clinical Homeopathy, Clinical Aromatherapy, IGM® Practitioner and Instructor, Clinical Meditation, and Imagery. She is a member of the Oncology Nursing Society, ASCO, APSHO, ANA, American Holistic Nurses Association as well as other professional organizations. Kathy continues to pursue learning experiences that synthesize eastern and western modalities, ultimately enhancing and benefiting both personal and professional endeavors.

Beyond the Clinic: Living Well With Melanoma is a twelve-series podcast hosted by Raymond LiuMD, Director of Cancer Survivorship for Kaiser Permanente San Francisco. For more information on our program, Beyond the Clinic: Living Well with Melanoma, and to find out about upcoming topics and guests, click here.