Personal Relationships

 

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Though the unique shape and texture of each of your relationships varies, communication is the foundation on which all human relationships stand.

Managing Cancer’s Impact on Your Relationships

by Ruth Oratz, MD, FACP

Amid the initial shock of hearing the words “You have cancer,” in­numerable questions enter your mind: What does this mean for me? How will this affect my partner, my children, my parents, my friends? What about my job? You begin to realize that cancer will have a profound effect not only on your life but also on the lives of those around you.

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Sex & Men with Cancer

by Nelson Bennett, MD

Sexual dysfunction is common in male cancer survivors. The range of sexual issues cancer and its treatment can cause includes erectile dysfunction, decreased libido (sexual desire), and changes in the way a man experiences ejaculation and orgasms. It’s important to discuss with your doc­tor the potential side effects associated with your treatment so you’ll be better prepared to manage any sexual issues that arise.

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When a Grandparent has Cancer

by Kathleen McCue, MA, LSW, CCLS

There are many excellent resources for talking to children when a mom or dad is facing cancer. Countless websites, books, and magazine articles have addressed these issues, and the same points are identified and empha­sized time and again.

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