08/17/2011 08:36 am ET Updated Oct 17, 2011

What Do I Say To Someone With Cancer?

Have a loved one diagnosed with depression? Cancer? The thought of talking to that person can be scary and awkward. What do you say? What is polite, appropriate, helpful?

“What Do I Say” is a new original video series that will answer these questions on an ongoing basis. Tune in on Wednesdays, and look at our schedule below to see when we’re covering a topic affecting your life.

Future "What Do I Say"

August 24 - Depression
August 31 – Bipolar Disorder
September 7 – Breast Cancer
September 14 – ADHD


A Board Certified physician in Radiation Oncology, Dr. Leonard Farber has been in private practice for over a decade, recently serving as Chairman of Radiation Oncology at Staten Island University Hospital. Dr. Farber specializes in adult radiation oncology, with particular focus on breast cancer, prostate cancer and gastrointestinal malignancies, lymphomas, head and neck cancers and lung cancers. He is an expert in HDR brachytherapy for various types of cancers, including breast, skin and gynecologic malignancies, and intracranial and body radiosurgery.

After receiving his B.S. and B.A. at the State University of New York at Binghamton, Dr. Farber pursued his M.D. at the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York. Following an internship in internal medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York, he did his residency in Radiation Oncology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, where he served as Chief Resident. Dr. Farber is a member of the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology, the American College of Radiation Oncology, the American Radium Society, the American Brachytherapy Society, the New York Cancer Society, the New York Metropolitan Breast Cancer Group, the New York Head & Neck Society, and the Long Island Oncology Network.

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