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Your Relationship When Treatment Ends

by Karen Kayser, PhD, MSW

When cancer hits home, it can often bring couples closer together. But what happens when treatment ends? Do you still need support? What about your partner? What kind of new challenges will the two of you face?

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Fertility and Cancer

by Lisa Kolp, MD

When you hear the news that you have cancer, you may feel as if your life is spinning out of your con­trol. You wonder whether you will survive. And what about all the side effects of cancer treat­ment? Will you be able to manage them? Then your doctor drops another bomb, sending your sense of control hurtling even further from your reach: the treatments intended to save your life may leave you infertile.

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What Do We Tell the Kids?

by Katelyn Uyehara, MSW, LICSW

When a parent is diagnosed with cancer, one of their first major concerns is what to tell the kids. Unfortunately, the impact of a cancer diagnosis is one of many things in life you can’t shelter your children from. What you can do, how­ever, is give them tools to cope with and adjust to this new challenge.

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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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