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Depression in the Older Adult with Cancer

by Andrew J. Roth, MD, and Eliana Balk, BA

“Wouldn’t you feel depressed if you had cancer?” This question is often asked by people with cancer, their family and friends, nursing staffs, and physicians. It’s natural when confronting a cancer diagnosis to feel many different emotions, including sadness, anxiety, fear, and anger. These will usually decrease with time. If, however, these feelings continue to persist or escalate, they may be an indication of a clinically harmful depression. Knowing the signs and symptoms of depression is critical to getting the help you deserve, and to getting back on your feet.

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Blogging Cancer

by Jacki Donaldson

When my husband first threw the word “blog” at me in November 2004, it was as foreign as the cancer terms that had been swirling in my head – stage, grade, nodes, margins. So I barely paid attention to his recommendation that I document my breast cancer journey online. Once I started really listening to him, however, his idea made a lot of sense.

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Keep Your Spirits Up

by Jim Pesoli Sr., Founder of Kids Fight Cancer

It’s no secret that battling cancer is tough. After successfully fighting cancer four times in my life, I have gotten used to dealing with the difficulties associated with the disease. Based on my own firsthand battle, I have put together some tips to help you keep your spirits up.

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Study Finds Financial Burdens of Cancer Care Can Cause Severe Post-Traumatic Stress among People with Cancer and Caregivers

According to a study by the Research and Training Institute at the Cancer Support Community, the financial strain related to cancer treatment makes people with cancer and caregivers vulnerable to post-traumatic stress syndrome, with symptoms that include extremely high levels of anxiety, depression, and other mental health problems.

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Cancer & Depression

by Edward Leigh, MA

Cancer and depression – those two words seem to belong together. Wouldn’t everyone be depressed if they were diagnosed with cancer? Is being depressed considered “normal” after receiving the diagnosis? Of course, people feel a variety of emotions after a diagnosis, but when is depression considered a “goes with the territory” reaction versus one that requires treatment?

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The You Beyond Fear

by Audrey L. Vitolins, MSW

Feeling in control is one of the main issues for cancer survivors. And there are ways to be in control during and after treatment. Worrying, although understandable, isn’t one of them. Interestingly, worry is only a perceived sense of control and has not ever, and will not ever, prevent or change outcomes. I say “interestingly” because most of my clients spend at least 90 percent of their brainpower worrying – with not one satisfying result.

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Finding Hope and Healing in Cyberspace

by Sigourney Cheek

A year of cancer and chemo is wrenching. Yet, from another angle, my struggle was exhilarating on every level.

Any cancer survivor can tell you a story about a life-altering experience. You stand at the door of death and then survive and have another shot at life. The rigors of treatment and joys of winning the war change who you are.

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Surviving the Storm

by Gregory W. Lester, PhD

A cancer diagnosis is a transformational event, in other words, an event that changes everything. It changes how we feel, how we think, and how we see ourselves, others, and even life itself.

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