Psychological Impact of Melanoma, How to Detect, Support and Help

  • Aleksandra Vojvodic Department of Dermatology and Venereology, Military Medical Academy, Belgrade, Serbia
  • Tatjana Vlaskovic-Jovicevic Clinic for Psychiatric Disorders “Dr. Laza Lazarevic”, Belgrade, Serbia
  • Petar Vojvodic Clinic for Psychiatric Disorders “Dr. Laza Lazarevic”, Belgrade, Serbia
  • Jovana Vojvodic Clinic for Psychiatric Disorders “Dr. Laza Lazarevic”, Belgrade, Serbia
  • Mohamad Goldust Guglielmo Marconi University, Rome, Italy
  • Zorica Peric-Hajzler Military Medical Academy, Belgrade, Serbia
  • Dusica Matovic Military Medical Academy, Belgrade, Serbia
  • Goran Sijan Clinic for Plastic Surgery and Burns, Military Medical Academy, Belgrade, Serbia
  • Nenad Stepic Clinic for Plastic Surgery and Burns, Military Medical Academy, Belgrade, Serbia
  • Van Thuong Nguyen Vietnam National Hospital of Dermatology and Venereology, Hanoi, Vietnam
  • MIchael Tirant G. Marconi University, Rome, Italy
  • Uwe Wollina Department of Dermatology and Allergology, Städtisches Klinikum Dresden, Dresden, Germany
  • Torello Lotti University of Rome G. Marconi, Rome, Italia
  • Massimo Fioranelli Department of Nuclear Physics, sub-nuclear and radiation, G. Marconi University, Rome, Italy
Keywords: melanoma, psychology, depression, anxiety


Incidence of melanoma is increasing every year. A few years ago, we could not speak about long term survivors with melanoma. Chemotherapy did not give a good effect in the past. Metastasis occurred very rapidly, and the progression of melanoma was very fast. But now, with new forms of therapy, especially immunotherapy and target therapy, for the first time, we have long-time survivors. For the prognosis of melanoma, the most important is the stage in which melanoma is detected. For all dermatologists, it is very important to be aware of the psychological impact of melanoma on patients. Dermatologists should recognise psychological disorders. Several different scales can be used for the detection of depression and anxiety – some of them are completed by researchers, some of them are completed by patients, and also, we have combined scales. The need for adequate social and family support as well as psychological help to achieve better coping with illness is necessary. Learning techniques to overcome fear and stress would help in better functioning of all affected, regardless of the stage of the disease. The most severe cases of anxiety and depression, in addition to psychotherapeutic interventions, should also be considered medication therapy.


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Author Biography

Torello Lotti, University of Rome G. Marconi, Rome, Italia

Prof. Lotti is Full Professor of the Dermatology and Venereology at University of Studies Guglielmo Marconi, Rome, Italy. He is Honorary Professor of Dermatology - China Medical University Shenyang (2011), Lecturer at the New York Academy of Sciences "Howard Fox Memorial Lecture" (14 March 2012 - New York, NY – USA), and Chair, Executive Scientific Committee Vitiligo Research Foundation, New York , NY , USA. He is President of the World Health Academy, Dermatology since 2013. He has been Full Professor of the Dermatology and Venereology Division at University of Florence School of Medicine, Florence, Italy, from 2006 to 2010. He is Visiting Professor in six International Universities worldwide, and Key Note Lecturer in several international dermatology Societies. His activities in serving Dermatology have been numerous: President of the Italian Society of Dermatology and Venereology (SIDeMaST , 2009-2010) and President of the International Society of Dermatology ( ISD, 2009-2010), President of the European Society for Cosmetic and Aesthetic Dermatology (2003-2004), Editor in Chief of the Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology (1992-2002) , Editor "Therapeutic Hotline"- Dermatologic Therapy (2007-)and served as Editor in Chief of the Giornale Italiano di Dermatologia in the period of presidency of the Societa' Italiana di Dermatologia (2009-2010). He has been President of numerous international congresses and is currently Editor in Chief of the Giornale Italiano di Dermatologia e Venereologia ( 2010-2020 ). He is Ordinary Member of the main Scientific Societies worldwide (EADV, SIDEV , ESDR , ISD, AAD, SID) and Honorary Member of several Scientific Societies of the Dermatology field. Moreover, he is a Scientific reviewer of ten sectorial journals, among which are the British Journal of Dermatology, Journal of Investigative Dermatology, Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology , Dermatologic Therapy. He has authored 1054 scientific publications (393 peer reviewed articles, 288 books chapters e 365 abstracts). For more information, see


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How to Cite
Vojvodic A, Vlaskovic-Jovicevic T, Vojvodic P, Vojvodic J, Goldust M, Peric-Hajzler Z, Matovic D, Sijan G, Stepic N, Nguyen VT, Tirant M, Wollina U, Lotti T, Fioranelli M. Psychological Impact of Melanoma, How to Detect, Support and Help. Open Access Maced J Med Sci [Internet]. 2019Aug.30 [cited 2020Oct.26];7(18):3043-5. Available from:

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