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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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Parent to Parent

by Ellie Ewoldt

Just because your child is in a hospital, that doesn’t mean they stop being a child.

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Yes, Ladies, You Can Keep Your Sexuality after a Cancer Diagnosis

by Joanne K. Rash, MPAS, PA-C, and Lori A. Seaborne, MPAS, PA-C

A cancer diagnosis may change the way you see your­self. Before cancer, your sexuality may have been an integral part of your iden­tity. However, cancer and its treatment can cause a number of sexual issues. If you’re experiencing cancer-related sexual dysfunction, you may feel as if you’ve lost this part of your iden­tity.

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12 Tips for Coping with Cancer during the Holidays

by Kaylene Chadwell

For most, the holiday season is a wonderful time of year, filled with cherished traditions and time spent with loved ones. However, when you’re dealing with cancer, the holiday hubbub can become exhausting and stressful. While there’s no right or wrong way to celebrate, here are 12 tips to help you have a joyful, stress-free holiday season.

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Facing Cancer Together

by Courtney Bitz, LCWS

When a woman is diagnosed with cancer, it can send her life into a tailspin and cause a great deal of emotional turmoil. However, she is not the only one who may suffer emotional distress. Cancer can take a toll on her partner as well, with some studies revealing that partners experience just as much dis­tress as the person diagnosed.

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Women, Cancer, and Sexual Health

by Lynn Wang, MD

"What defines you?" That was my opening question for the women of a breast cancer support group where I was invited to speak about cancer and sexual health. In the past, I had mistakenly kept the question too broad, and the answers were various litanies of stage II cancer, cancer-free for three years, stage IV, metastatic to the bone … This time, I reframed the question: No, not what defines your cancer. What defines you?

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How to Tell Your Kids That You Have Cancer

by Barbara J. Golby, LCSW-R

For any parent diagnosed with cancer, how your diagnosis will affect your children is a top con­cern. This is especially true for parents of young children or teenagers still living at home. Not wanting to worry or upset them, many parents feel unsure about how to tell their children they have can­cer. Some even question whether they should discuss it with their children at all.

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How to Build a Deeper Intimacy

by David Bullard, PhD

Whether we voice them or not, most of us at times have questions about how we can deepen the intimacy and sexuality of our closest relationships. Cancer survivors also can find it challenging to voice their need for deeper intimacy and share their concerns and feelings about resuming a sexual relationship after cancer.

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