Prescribed Reading By Diana Price Confronting Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer: Identify Your Risk, Understand Your Options, Change Your Destiny By Sue Friedman, DVM; Rebecca Sutphen, MD; and Kathy Steligo (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012) Media discussions related to genetic testing and related treatment raise many questions for women about these complex topics. Confronting […]
An increasingly common feature in the healthcare landscape, patient navigators are helping patients find their way through the complex world of cancer care.
We never imagined the journey we would experience as caregivers, and I never knew how quickly I would be transformed. Upon hearing my mom’s diagnosis as an 18-year-old girl, my instinct was to ask, Why? But the end of our journey saw me asking, What next?
As you consider the ingredients of your own family sandwich—whether you live in a multigenerational home or see your extended family only occasionally—here are five ideas to help you savor the many flavors of family.
Consider taking time out to find your inner yogi. Part of our exploration of yoga and cancer. By Laurie Wertich You’ve heard it before: “In the event of an emergency, put on your own oxygen mask first.” It makes perfect sense…until disaster strikes. When a loved one is diagnosed with cancer, there is no time […]
Managing the hospitalization of your loved one can present challenges. Here are some tips to help you get the best care. If you care for a loved one with cancer, you probably spend far more time in hospitals, clinics and various other healthcare settings than you ever thought possible. You’ve likely become an expert in […]
How one couple found their way through the rough waters of a cancer diagnosis and the first year that followed By JoEllen Collins This past May 27, on their fifth anniversary, Erika Anderson Embley and her husband Mike sat in their Tiburon, California, backyard enjoying a classic early summer evening. They watched their dogs spin […]
Remember that one of your responsibilities as a caregiver is to take care of yourself. If you’re the partner of a cancer patient, you know that “in sickness and in health” takes on a whole new meaning following a cancer diagnosis. Helping your partner through treatment and recovery requires understanding, encouragement, patience and energy. Caregivers […]
When your responsibilities as a caregiver conflict with your work, you might find relief in the terms of the Family Medical Leave Act. Patients and caregivers often worry about taking time off from work—either to manage their own treatment or to care for a family member—and the uncertainty of whether or not they will be […]
By Dan Zenka, APR Okay…you may not have one physically, but if you are married to a man or care about other males in your life, you might as well resign yourself to becoming an advocate for this small and mysterious part of the male anatomy. Men are often their own worst enemy when it […]