After being diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer, a high school teacher struggles with figuring out how he will pay for his cancer treatment and keep from going broke. Although this is the basis for the hugely popular TV series Breaking Bad, for many people living with cancer, figuring out how to deal with the financial fallout of cancer and cancer treatment is a stark reality.
Child life specialists help children understand what will happen in the hospital and help families cope with a cancer diagnosis and treatment. In this interview, Carolyn Schneiders Fung, CCLS, and Molly Spragins, CCLS, describe the important role child life specialists play in the care of children with cancer.
One in three people with cancer experiences anxiety, depression, or another mental health challenge, according to the results of a new study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. However, there are a number of support resources available for both patients and families.
In this ASCO Post article, Lori Piggott describes the lessons she has learned while dealing with three cancers over three decades.
Colon cancer survivor David Nethero describes how he used meditation and positive mental imagery to cope with some of the physical side effects of chemotherapy and be present in the moment.
Because lung cancer is associated with smoking, many people feel it is “self-inflicted.” This not only causes people to feel guilt and shame, but also leads to less research funding and fewer advances in treatment. In this guest post, Dr. Jyoti Patel talks about how the stigma of lung cancer affects the way patients are treated—both socially and medically.
After a cancer diagnosis, people often wonder about their treatment and recovery. Ira Byock, MD, shares tips for discussing prognosis with your doctor and explains what this really means.
Dr. Rick Boulay explores where hope lives and how to access it when we need it the most.
Heather Von St. James and her family have turned the day she had surgery to treat mesothelioma into a huge celebration—Lung Leavin’ Day. In this guest post, she explains how adding a little humor to her cancer experience has taken away some of the fear.
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