How to be a Friend to Someone with Cancer
by Holly Bertone, CNHP, PMP
“Hi, friend. I wanted to let you know
I have some bad news. I have cancer.”
This moment has the potential to change everything, even between the closest of friends, as the listener struggles with what to say or do next. But it shouldn’t.
Gifts Closed the Distance
by Linda Slusser
When my long-distance best friend was diagnosed with cancer, I had to find a way to support her from afar. As the weeks of treatment proceeded, Marilyn looked forward to the little surprises I had lined up for her.
Guide to Lodging Accommodations
There are several reasons why people with cancer and their families may decide to travel to receive medical care. For cancer survivors and their families, finding accommodations can be a challenge. Many facilities offer lodging for free or for a nominal fee. Each temporary lodging program will have its own rules and criteria to qualify for services.
Caring for Your Loved One with Lung Cancer
In recent years, there have been some exciting developments in treating lung cancer. But a diagnosis of lung cancer can still be overwhelming and leave feelings of uncertainty and anxiousness. There are important treatment decisions to make, emotional concerns to manage, and insurance and financial paperwork to organize, among other practical concerns. However, there are ways to cope through this journey as caregiver, and resources are available to benefit you and your loved one.
The Language of Commitment
by Val Walker, MS
In times of illness, we often need to depend on the help of others, and rely on them to follow through. But when someone backs out at the last minute or breaks a promise, even for understandable reasons, we are left worried, stranded, or vulnerable.
Supporting Your Wife through Cancer
by Rene Barrat-Gordon, LISW-S, ACSW
When your wife is diagnosed with cancer, you may find yourself suddenly thrust into a new role as caregiver. As her spouse, you must learn how to support her both emotionally and practically. But how can you best help your wife through cancer while also getting the support you need as a caregiver?
Men & Cancer
How Cancer Treatment Affects Your Fertility
by Mary K. Samplaski, MD, and Rebecca Z. Sokol, MD, MPH
When you first hear the words, “You have cancer,” family planning and your future fertility are probably not top of mind. Naturally, you’re likely more focused on things like treatment, survival, and prognosis. However, you may be glad to know that with modern treatment protocols, many cancers have excellent prognoses.
Quitting Smoking after Cancer
by Suhana de Leon-Sanchez, RN, NP-BC, CTTS, and Jamie Ostroff, PhD
Although most people know that smoking is the most preventable cause of illness in the United States, there is considerably less awareness about the risks of continued smoking and the benefits of quitting for those diagnosed with cancer. Many smokers assume that quitting smoking after a cancer diagnosis won’t really make a difference. “Why bother? I already have cancer,” they say. “After all, the damage is done, right?” Wrong.