Surviving the Holidays while Surviving Cancer
by Melissa Minkley, MSW
It was a week before Christmas and I was visiting with my sister who had completed her last radiation treatment for breast cancer earlier that day. As she pointed to a stack of plastic bins filled with Christmas decorations, she sighed and said, “I feel so bad, I’m not up to putting them out this year.”
ASCO Booklet Helps Cancer Survivors Transition to Life after Treatment
With more patients surviving cancer than ever before, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) released a new publication to help patients adjust to life after active cancer treatment. The free booklet, based on oncologist-approved content from ASCO’s patient information website, Cancer.Net, helps people understand what to expect as treatment is completed, explains common challenges faced by survivors, and offers suggestions for next steps following treatment.
by Pamela MacPhee
My cousin, Henry, and his wife, Lauren, are lucky. Diagnosed with cancer at 29, Lauren found a skilled oncologist who not only prescribed surgery and radiation treatment that saved her life, but also suggested she submit to an egg-retrieval procedure before treatment to preserve her fertility options.
Making the Transition
by Patrice Rancour, MS, RN, PMHCNS-BC
You have just finished your last chemotherapy or radiation treatment. Your doctor has given you the “all clear” signal. You are now ready for take-off, back into the mainstream of life. Then why do you feel so unprepared? Haven’t you been waiting for this day for months? So where did all this glumness come from?
Cancer and Your Career
Whether or not you’ve taken time off from work, you’ll want things to quickly return to normal once your treatments are finished. Your bosses and coworkers will expect the same from you, as well. But cancer has a profound, life-altering effect on many people, which can create a “new normal.” As you get acquainted with your “new normal” on the job, consider the following suggestions.
Walking the Fine Line Between Staying Informed and Becoming Obsessed
by Alesia Shute
Despite the bad news we hear and see everyday, we continue to stay glued to FOX News, MSNBC, and CNN, listening to the same reports delivered differently – over and over again. With state-of-the-art technology bombarding us every minute, it’s easy to become obsessed with the news – whether it’s good for you or not.
Few Women Seek Help for Sexual Issues After Cancer Treatment
Many women who survive breast and gynecologic cancers want medical help for their sexual issues, but most do not get it. A survey of hundreds of cancer survivors confirms that more than forty percent want medical attention for their sexual health needs.
Recovery, Reappraisal, and Renewal
by Tish Knobf, PhD, RN, FAAN, AOCN
Cancer survivors frequently say that family and friends want them to return to “normal” after their treatment is over. And much has been written about cancer survivors needing to adjust to a “new normal.” But what is normal?