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We have cranky days

A woman going through cancer treatment was having a bad day. She was miserable and her friends were offering words of encouragement along the lines of, “You’ll feel better tomorrow.”

Why Aren’t They Doing More?

I sometimes get asked various versions of this question: “My father has advanced cancer, but they don’t seem to be treating him very aggressively. Why aren’t they doing surgery to

Advice for the College Student

There are thousands of college students in Ithaca and quite a few have a parent living with cancer. They often wonder how they can help their parent, and their parent

Send a Card

A group of us from the Cancer Resource Center recently spoke with a class at Ithaca College. One student asked, “How can we help a friend who has cancer?” Beth

Caregiving Friends May Need a Break

 I received a call last week that went something like this: “My friend has cancer and she wants me to visit on a regular basis. When I do visit, all

Be Kind

I’ve written columns in the past that suggest what to say and what not to say to a person with cancer. Many readers have found those suggestions helpful, but a few

Cancer Caregivers Need a Break

A woman who was clearly frazzled stopped me. She said that she’s been caring for her husband who’s been in treatment for cancer. He wants her near him all of