Can Having Surgery Cause My Cancer to Spread?

Discover the truth about questions that pique your curiosity in our series, “The Short Answer.” Advance practice nurses Jamie L. Schwachter, BSN, MSN, CNP and Josette M.Snyder, BSN, MSN, AOCN, answer a common question patients have about spread (metastasis) of cancer after surgery.

Can Your Cancer Treatment Be Hazardous to Others?

Contributor: Josette Snyder, RN, MSN, AOCN If you are undergoing treatment for cancer, you know the medicines and procedures have side effects. You may worry that these lifesaving treatments could somehow be harmful to your loved ones. It’s a concern that we often hear from cancer patients or their family members who call the Cancer Answer Line. … Read More

Why You Should Tell Your Child’s Teacher You Have Cancer

Contributor: Jamie Schwachter, BSN, MSN, NP-C It won’t be long before children will be heading back to school.  If you’re a parent with cancer, it might be a good time to start thinking about having a talk with your child’s teachers, counselors or school administrator about your illness. You may find it difficult to share such personal … Read More

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Who Is On Your Cancer Support Team?

Learning that you have cancer can make you feel terribly isolated. Suddenly you find yourself in a new, unfamiliar world. But you are not alone. Many people want to help support you through your treatment into survivorship.

How You Can Help a Spouse With Cancer

Contributor: Jamie Schwachter, BSN, MSN, NP-C One of the most frequent – and touching – questions we get on the Cancer Answer Line is from people whose spouses or partners have been newly diagnosed with cancer. They want to know how they can help and support their spouse through this life-changing diagnosis and the ensuing … Read More

How to Talk — and Listen — to Someone With Cancer

It can be hard to know how to act, and the right words hard to come by, when you’re in a relationship with someone who has cancer. That’s why as cancer nurses we talk to people about “cancer etiquette.” Cancer etiquette is simply interacting with someone with cancer in friendly, empathetic and appropriate ways. It’s … Read More

How Do I Tell My Children I Have Cancer?

Breaking the news to your child that you have cancer is an emotional roller coaster and there are no absolute right or wrong ways to do it. It’s like so much of life and parenting — you do the best you can. We offer parents strategies, though, that can help you through. One of the … Read More

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