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Cancer Care & Intimacy

When dealing with a cancer diagnosis and treatment, intimacy can be the furthest thing from your mind. However, a continued connection with your partner is an important part of the bonding process and can, maybe surprisingly, even make you feel better.

How social platforms affect the way we talk and think about cancer

Whether sharing your cancer diagnosis on Facebook, posting a picture of your new chemo beanie on Instagram, or seeking advice in an online support group, social media is playing an increasingly prominent role in how we communicate about cancer. Is this a good trend? Is it problematic? We look at how and why people are using social media to talk about cancer.

 

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Do you want to know if you have the "cancer gene"? Part 1 in a 2-part series

As science has advanced, so has our ability to understand, and predict, our own health risks. Genetic testing plays a large role in this prediction model. Genetic testing looks for specific inherited changes (mutations) in a person’s chromosomes, genes or proteins. Mutations that are harmful may increase a person’s chance of developing cancer. Inherited mutations are thought to play a role in about 5 to 10 percent of all cancers. In this article we explore genetic testing to assess cancer risk.

Talking About the C Word with Colleagues – Part 2 in a series

In Part 1 of this series we discussed how to talk to your family about your cancer diagnosis. In this blog, we address talking to your boss and co-workers about your disease.

Should you tell your boss about your diagnosis? Do co-workers need to know? Will it affect how they treat you? Could you lose your job?

 

Talking About the C Word with Your Family – Part 1 in a series

 

What do you say? What do they say? What do you want them to say?

When do you break the news? How often do you bring it up?

Talking about a cancer diagnosis – or any health crisis – can be challenging, uncomfortable and emotional. In this blog, we tackle how to talk to your family about your cancer diagnosis.

What survivorship looks like — life after cancer treatment

As of January 2016, it is estimated that there are 15.5 million cancer survivors in the United States, representing 4.8% of the population. Everyone has a unique experience with life after cancer treatment. While some are able to resume their lives with minimal changes, many people have some residual effects — either emotional, physical or both.

8 practical and meaningful gifts for the cancer patient in your life

The holiday season is upon us and that means the gift-buying season has also arrived. Choosing gifts for friends and family can be a challenge — Will it fit? Will they use it? Will they like it? Those challenges can be magnified when buying a gift for someone undergoing cancer treatment.

We researched gift ideas from a number of cancer support websites, including ihadcancer.com, and came up with this list:

1. Treatment Journals

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