When Vinita Mathew was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, she had to figure out what to tell her sons. They were 5 and 18 months old at the time. In this guest post, she discusses ways to help a child understand cancer based on what she learned from her own experiences, as well as from other survivors and health care professionals.
In March 2013, John’s wife Lori found a lump in her breast. Lori, a radiation oncologist, soon went from giving cancer care to receiving it. In this guest post, John talks about how to navigate a cancer diagnosis, a journey for which we are all ill-prepared.
Since the 1970s, we have been involved in a war against cancer. But how do military metaphors and battle imagery affect people who are trying to cope with the challenges of a cancer diagnosis? Longtime patient advocate Diane Blum, MSW, FASCO, explores common language used to describe cancer and its treatment.
Lizzy Van Tromp was four weeks pregnant when she was diagnosed with stage III breast cancer. Although her surgeon advised her to terminate, she continued with her treatment and her pregnancy.
Last February, Amber’s aunt died of breast cancer. Her cousin was 10 weeks pregnant at the time. In this post, she reflects on how a new beginning has helped her family cope with a difficult ending.
Talking about cancer is difficult because it involves intense emotions and topics that couples may not wish to discuss. However, keeping the lines of communication open provides vital support at this difficult time.
Counseling helps many patients and families cope with the emotional challenges of cancer and minimize the negative effects it can have on their relationships. In this interview, June C. Foss, LMFT, and Cheyenne Corbett, PhD, LMFT, discuss the benefits of therapy and how to access these services.
The holidays can be stressful at the best of times, so this is often a difficult time of year for people and families affected by cancer. Diane Blum, MSW, answers some common questions about coping with cancer during the holidays.
Dealing with the loss of a loved one is never easy. Sarah Lindenau talks about how honoring her mother’s memory has helped her cope and positively influence the lives of others.