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Ways to Help Your Child Cope with Cancer in the Family

by Jennifer Gretzema, LLPC, NCC, SCL, CCLS

The diagnosis of cancer is often unexpected and daunting. How­ever, many survivors and their families come to find a source of strength in the community they come to know, a sense of support in the guidance they receive, and a feeling of empowerment in the strides and discoveries made every day. These connections can be helpful not only to adults but to children as well. It is up to you to foster these connections with your child when someone in the family is diagnosed with cancer.

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Together Against Cancer

by Wanda Garner, MS, MA

The doctor’s voice sounded muffled, as if it were coming down a long tunnel, while I sat with my sister-in-law as her husband’s proxy. His own cancer treatment and preparation for a stem cell transplant in another city kept him from going with her. I left the office in a fog from the shock a cancer diagno­sis creates. Cancer happens to families, and it trumps everything.

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Men, Cancer, and Sexual Health

by Joseph B. Narus, DNP, GNP-BC, ANP

Incredible advances in cancer care are now allowing men to recover healthy and active lives after treat­ment. Still, cancer treatments can affect a man’s sexual function. This is espe­cially true for prostate, colorectal, and bladder cancers, three of the most com­mon cancers in men. The side effects of surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy for these and other types of cancer can interfere with your ability to achieve and maintain an erection, lessen your desire for sex, and affect your ability to have children.

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