Posted December 4th, 2012Bob Riter
About this time last year, I wrote a column on buying holiday gifts for people with cancer. I discouraged gifts that focused on illness.
Posted November 30th, 2012Bob Riter
Since this is a gift-giving time of year, I have been thinking about gift suggestions for people who are being treated for cancer and for those who have recently completed treatment.
Posted November 21st, 2012Bob Riter
My job is to listen to people affected by cancer and to help them however I can.
Posted November 9th, 2012Bob Riter
I’m often asked how to be a friend to someone with cancer. I generally answer this question by encouraging them to be good listeners and to be present for their friend in every sense of the word. The best friends are what I describe as “groundhog friends.” Remember the movie Groundhog Day with Bill Murray? […]
Posted November 7th, 2012Bob Riter
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 remove the metastases in his lungs and liver?”
Posted September 10th, 2012Bob Riter
In today’s column, I’d like to recognize a small group of people who step up to support a neighbor, a community member, or an acquaintance who would otherwise go through cancer alone.
Posted August 17th, 2012Bob Riter
I’m always struck that some people diagnosed with cancer want to know absolutely everything about their disease while others just want to be told when to show up for treatment. Some people complain that their doctors give them too much information while others complain that their doctors give them too little. Every doctor I’ve known […]
Posted August 8th, 2012Bob Riter
The first few days following a cancer diagnosis are like riding on top of a speeding train. You’re hanging on for dear life and can’t quite see what’s ahead.
Posted July 16th, 2012Bob Riter
When I visit individuals receiving cancer treatment, I routinely hear words of appreciation intended for those who been helpful, kind and supportive.
Posted July 5th, 2012Bob Riter
People diagnosed with cancer often wonder if they should participate in a clinical trial.