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?
In Part 1 of this series, we looked at what inheriting a specific defective gene associated with cancer means (it doesn’t mean you will get cancer), as well as who
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.
Author’s note: While oncology comprises the bulk of Dr. Jorge Perez’s practice, he is board certified in both oncology and hematology. For patients with blood disorders, his knowledge and expertise can be life-changing.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Many cancer patients have someone in their life who is a vital part of their care team, but is not a paid medical professional. This caregiver is often a spouse, child, other relative or a close friend.