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When Cancer Affects Your Sexual Health

by Mindy R. Schiffman, PhD

A cancer diagnosis is life changing. In addition to the emotional jolt of confronting your own mortality, you may experience physical changes that affect your body image and sexuality. The sexual response is exquisitely sensitive to change, even under “normal” circumstances like a new partner, a different room in your home, or even the time of day. Suffice it to say, cancer and its treatments can have an enormous impact on sexuality.

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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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