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What You Can Do for a Friend with Cancer

by Denise Hazen

Finding out that a friend or loved one has been diagnosed with cancer can be overwhelming. For most of us, our first response is to make a chicken casserole or to offer, “Call me if you need anything.” These are both kind gestures, but what your loved one really needs is for you to take action.

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Let’s Talk About Sex

by Melissa Donahue, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C, CST

Sex is normal human behavior; however, it can be an intimidating topic to discuss with your doctor. It is important to remember that we are all sexual beings whether we are with a partner or alone.

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Five Things You Should Be Sure to Tell Your Kids about Cancer (So It’s Less Scary)

by Beverlye Hyman Fead

Giving your children clear, honest information from the start will ease some of their anxieties and help them feel less afraid. Here are five important things to tell the children in your life about your cancer.

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Five Simple Rules for Talking About Cancer

by Mary Beth Hall

After experiencing many times when telling someone about my breast cancer diagnosis and the person immediately telling me all of their problems in great detail, turning me into the counselor again and again, I wondered what was happening. Why were people putting me in this position when I was already tired from the cancer and the shock? It was completely wearing me out.

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When a Parent Has Cancer

by Paula K. Rauch, MD

Experts consider open parent-child communication the most effective means for supporting a child whose parent has cancer. It is understandably upsetting to children and teenagers to learn about a parent’s cancer diagnosis, but open dialogue about diagnosis, treatment, and the effect cancer will have on the family dynamic is essential. Quality communication can be the difference between a parent’s cancer simply being challenging for a child or it becoming traumatic.

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Angels Among Us

by Philip Chang

Imerman Angels connects a person fighting cancer with someone who has beaten that same type of cancer, completely free of charge. This one-on-one, mentor-type relationship is provided to anyone needing support during his or her battle with cancer, anywhere across the country and worldwide.

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Is There Sex After Cancer?

by Margaret Wilmoth, PhD, MSS, RN, FAAN

Many of you may be asking yourself just that question now that you have moved beyond the initial crisis of cancer diagnosis. What parts of my life have changed? How have my cancer treatments affected my ability to be sexual? Am I still allowed to be a sexual person and engage in sexual intimacy? Am I the only person with these concerns and unanswered questions?

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How to Talk to Your Kids about Cancer

by Peter R. van Dernoot, BS

Today, more than 50 cancer centers are benefiting from our special support program, CLIMB® – Children’s Lives Include Moments of Bravery. From the experience of oncology professionals and families, we’ve distilled a few basic concepts to help parents talk to their children about cancer.

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