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When Mom Has Cancer

by Katherine Easton, LCSW, OSW-C

Perhaps more than any other illness, cancer is truly a family disease. Families face a myriad of complex issues when adjusting to a new diagnosis of cancer. Fear, anger, and guilt are common emotions expressed by both the woman with cancer and her family. How a family learns to cope and adjust to living with cancer will depend on how well the family functioned before the cancer and how well they can communicate honestly and openly with each other about the experience.

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Go Ahead, Break the Rules!

by Heather Jose, OTR

As if cancer isn’t tough enough to deal with, right on the heels of a diagnosis comes a plethora of uncomfortable situations with other people. I have been there as well, dealing with a stage IV diagnosis, all the while being shocked at what comes out of the mouths of others.

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Seven Tips for Dating after a Cancer Diagnosis

by Helen L Coons, PhD, ABPP

Dating during and after cancer treatment, whether you are single, divorced, or widowed, raises complex questions such as When do I start to date? How do I disclose my cancer and treatment history? How will I cope with my date’s response?

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Cancer in the Elderly

by Hyman B. Muss, MD

“He’s too old to treat.” I hear it all the time. It’s a sign of age bias as well as not being caught up on the major advances in cancer treatment – including treatment of older people.

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Maintaining and Enhancing Spousal Relationships after a Cancer Diagnosis

by Hoda Badr, PhD

When one partner has cancer, both partners and their relationship are affected. Although cancer is a health crisis that can wreak havoc on any relationship, many marriages survive, and even fl ourish, after cancer. Approaching cancer as “our problem” and finding opportunities to continue to connect as a couple can help to minimize both partners’ emotional distress. It is possible to fight the battle against cancer together and to strengthen your relationship.

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Coping with Cancer - It’s a Family Affair

by Michelle Riba, MD, MS, and Karen Hammelef, MS

Like any chronic medical condition, cancer is a family illness. Everyone is affected in some way. In fact, people with cancer frequently tell us that coping with a cancer diagnosis is worse for their families than it is for themselves. Since each family’s situation is unique, it is impossible to generalize. There are, however, some important points to convey to families when a loved one has cancer.

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Opening a Door

by Rabbi Ed Feinstein

No one is strong enough to handle life alone, much less a life-threatening disease. My isolation way up in the lonely garrets of stubborn masculine self-sufficiency deprived others who wanted and needed to help me. And while I built this edifice of stoic fortitude with its endless network of catwalks and trapdoors, I was blind to the fact that the cancer had spread, metastasizing to my wife and my children, to my family and friends.

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What Cancer Survivors Need

by Julie K. Silver, MD

When I went through the diagnosis and treatment for breast cancer as a 38 year old mother of three young children, I was fortunate to have many offers of help from those who cared about me. People were so helpful, in fact, that I felt I couldn’t possibly ask them to do more than what they were already doing for my family and me. Even if I really needed help with something in particular, I kept my silence.

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