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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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Women, Cancer, & Sexual Health

by Yung A. Park, MD, and Elena Ratner, MD

Sexual dysfunction is a common side effect of cancer and its treat­ment, but this doesn’t mean you have to accept it as part of your “new normal.” You can reclaim your sexuality. Many women are even able to get back to the level of sexual functioning and intimacy they enjoyed before cancer.

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Let’s Talk about It

by Julie Larson, LCSW

A cancer diagnosis can impose a great deal of uncertainty into your life. As you struggle to make sense of your experience, you may find it difficult to decipher your needs and feelings, let alone communicate them to the people in your life who want to help.Learning a few simple strategies for better communication can help keep you from feeling misunderstood, isolated, and overwhelmed.

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Partners in Survival

by Marc Heyison

“Your mother has breast cancer.” These frightening words were spoken to me in 1992. Today my mom has been cancer-free for almost 22 years. Her courage inspired me to become an advocate in the fight against breast cancer, with a mission to educate and empower men to be effective caregivers when breast cancer strikes a loved one.

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The Language of Comforting

by Val Walker

It can be hard to find the right words to say to comfort someone coping with cancer. At times, we might even avoid contact completely because we fear saying the wrong thing. Here are some suggestions for what to say – and what not to say – to a loved one, friend, or coworker facing cancer.

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Addressing Sexual Recovery after Prostate Surgery

by Victor Hola, RN

Most men undergoing surgery to remove their prostate will experience difficulty getting an erection for varying lengths of time after surgery. In order to restore sexual vitality, two main areas need to be addressed. The first is largely physical. The second can have both physical and psychological factors. The road to sexual recovery is not always an easy one, but with time, effort, and a little bit of patience, success is possible.

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