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Men, Cancer, and Sexual Health

by Joseph B. Narus, DNP, GNP-BC, ANP

Incredible advances in cancer care are now allowing men to recover healthy and active lives after treat­ment. Still, cancer treatments can affect a man’s sexual function. This is espe­cially true for prostate, colorectal, and bladder cancers, three of the most com­mon cancers in men. The side effects of surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy for these and other types of cancer can interfere with your ability to achieve and maintain an erection, lessen your desire for sex, and affect your ability to have children.

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Together Against Cancer

by Wanda Garner, MS, MA

The doctor’s voice sounded muffled, as if it were coming down a long tunnel, while I sat with my sister-in-law as her husband’s proxy. His own cancer treatment and preparation for a stem cell transplant in another city kept him from going with her. I left the office in a fog from the shock a cancer diagno­sis creates. Cancer happens to families, and it trumps everything.

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Ways to Help Your Child Cope with Cancer in the Family

by Jennifer Gretzema, LLPC, NCC, SCL, CCLS

The diagnosis of cancer is often unexpected and daunting. How­ever, many survivors and their families come to find a source of strength in the community they come to know, a sense of support in the guidance they receive, and a feeling of empowerment in the strides and discoveries made every day. These connections can be helpful not only to adults but to children as well. It is up to you to foster these connections with your child when someone in the family is diagnosed with cancer.

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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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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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