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After Cancer Diagnosis, Moving Beyond Our Fears

by John Wynn, MD

Cancer requires clear sight. But many people with cancer will tell you that their view of life is blurred by uncertainty and fear. They are uncertain of the technical details left to medical experts and fearful of a process that can feel like life at the roulette wheel. How can we learn to live with uncertainty? How can we move beyond our fears?

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What You Can Do to Reduce Stress

by Reji Mathew, PhD

Stress management is an essential skill set for coping with a cancer diagnosis. Taking the time to learn how to manage stress can yield invaluable benefits; it can build your emotional resilience to buffer the ups and downs of treatment, boost immunity, and help you stay connected to what is meaningful in your life as you go through medical care.

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How to Turn Negative Emotions into Positive Actions

by Margaret Christopher, PhD, MPH, LSW, ACSW

It happened. You received the dreaded diagnosis, and you are being initiated into a club of cancer survivors that you never expected to be in. It is a club that you will be in for the rest of your life.

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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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