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Cancer Advice

10 Ways to Help Someone With Cancer

Stephanie Madsen | Posted 04.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Stephanie Madsen

When someone around us gets diagnosed with cancer, it is often difficult to think of how to react and respond. Do we send a card, text, or email? Do we avoid, ignore, and disregard? Rather than asking the patient what you can do for them, be proactive.

12 Things To Remember When Explaining Cancer To Kids

Nancy Stordahl | Posted 04.06.2014 | Parents
Nancy Stordahl

When a parent with young children receives a cancer diagnosis, there may be a lot of uncertainty as to how much to tell the kids, and, if they're really young, if they should be told at all. Of course, this is a very personal decision. There is no right answer.

Stupid Comments and Cancer: You Can't Win, So Just Politely Smile and Move On

Jeff Sirlin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeff Sirlin

There's no consensus on what to say. Cancer makes people uncomfortable. Some people get nervous. Others are presumptuous. Some are naive. Here are some examples of the most egregious comments that have actually been said to me at one point or another.

Candid Advice for the Colorectal Cancer Survivor

Danielle Ripley-Burgess | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Danielle Ripley-Burgess

Whether you're an introvert or extrovert, or somewhere in between, find a way to share what's happened to you. Your strength will inspire. And you'll find healing when you see that your story helps others.

Three Years Later

Robyn Stoller | Posted 09.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Robyn Stoller

Whenever there is an issue with one of our children, I will always wonder if it has something to do with the fact that they lost their father. Although I will never truly know if this is the reason behind certain circumstances, I've learned to realize that the answer doesn't really matter.

'The Talk': Telling Your Kids About Cancer

Robyn Stoller | Posted 07.13.2013 | Parents
Robyn Stoller

How do you really tell your children that one of the most important people in their lives has cancer?

6 Things I Wish I'd Known About Cancer

Robyn Stoller | Posted 06.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Robyn Stoller

Wrapping your head around the fact that you or a loved one has cancer is no easy task. After my 46-year-old husband was diagnosed, we were in a state of shock and paralyzed with fear. Here are six things I wish we had known at the beginning of our cancer journey.

10 Things You Should (And 10 You Shouldn't) Say To A Friend With Cancer

Alicia Garey | Posted 03.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Alicia Garey

No one deliberately says something hurtful to someone diagnosed with a disease. But sometimes, it comes out, and it's hard to stop.

The Tricky Business of Diagnosing Young Adult Cancer

Jacqueline Burton | Posted 02.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Jacqueline Burton

We're supposed to be in the prime of our lives; we're not supposed to get sick. But my cancer was misdiagnosed for over a year, and all the while my disease progressed inside of me. Doctors must be more aware that young people can, and do, get cancer.

The Real Housewives of Chemotherapy

H. Alan Scott | Posted 11.19.2012 | Comedy
H. Alan Scott

If the logistics of preparing for chemo weren't enough, you also have to deal with other people. There's a strange indigenous dance people do... it's a frown-face-hug dance. Have you heard Gangnam style? Do those dances instead.

The Things I Wish I Were Told When I Was Diagnosed With Cancer

Jeff Tomczek | Posted 08.28.2012 | Healthy Living
Jeff Tomczek

You will be different. You will never have the same sense of self. You should embrace this. Your old self was probably really great. Your transformed self will be even better. Give into what is happening and trust it.


Jasmina Tesanovic | Posted 08.28.2012 | Healthy Living
Jasmina Tesanovic

After her experience nothing will be the same, since she managed to make out of an intimate tragedy a public polemic and even a funny story.

So You Have Cancer: 10 Things To Do Now

Michael Solomon | Posted 06.24.2012 | Healthy Living
Michael Solomon

Though medical breakthroughs may be in the offing, the Big C still packs a psycho/spiritual wallop for the newly initiated. Here are 10 ways to beat back the cancer blues and be your own best friend.

10 Ways To Help A Friend With Cancer

Suleika Jaouad | Posted 11.20.2012 | Healthy Living
Suleika Jaouad

If it takes a village to raise a child, you might say it also takes one to care for the sick. Cancer is at once personal and communal. And yet, caring for the sick can feel like writing a travelogue about a country you've never visited. You can't know where you haven't been.

10 Things Not To Say To A Cancer Patient

Suleika Jaouad | Posted 11.20.2012 | Healthy Living
Suleika Jaouad

The oncology world is overdue for an etiquette guide. There's no script for what to say to someone with a life-threatening illness, but if you can avoid saying these 10 things, you're off to a good start.

Good Afternoon, You Have Cancer

Suleika Jaouad | Posted 11.20.2012 | Women
Suleika Jaouad

"Acute Myeloid Leukemia," my doctor said last May. I was 22 years old. My friends were busy starting their lives, and I was worried that mine might end before it had really begun.

Things to Never Do When Someone Tells You They Have Cancer

Hillary St. Pierre | Posted 01.13.2012 | Healthy Living
Hillary St. Pierre

The first time someone uttered the words, "You still have hope" in response to my cancer, I almost slapped them.

Cancer News Offers Readers Hope and Hype, But No Help

David Casarett, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Casarett, M.D.

Cancer is a serious, life-threatening illness that kills more than half a million people every year in the U.S. alone. But you'd never know that if you get most of your information from newspapers and magazines.