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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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The Ten Commandments

by William Penzer, PhD

 

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Tick Tock

Every hour, on the hour, a cacoph­ony of chimes swells throughout our three-level home. A grand- father clock in the living room chimes Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy.” The golden face of a Rhythm clock gracefully opens up as it fills the dining room with the melody of Simon and Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water.”

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When a Loved One Has Cancer

by Gerri and Brian Monaghan

Take a look at these 15 quick tips for being an effective advocate.

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17 Tips for Cancer Caregivers

by Rob Harris

Cancer caregiver Rob Harris shares his advice for caring for a loved one with cancer.

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