Bob Riter

A Cancer Pity Party

Posted May 15th, 2014

A woman with cancer recently told me that she was planning a pity party. She explained that, “Cancer just sucks and I want to get together with my friends to acknowledge that it sucks.” Sounds reasonable. Those of us with cancer tend to put on brave faces. But there are times that we grieve for […]


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Blended Families and Cancer

Posted May 8th, 2014

Communication within a family after a cancer diagnosis can be complicated, particularly for newer blended families and cancer.


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Some Patients Can Face Boredom

Posted April 21st, 2014

A young man with cancer recently told me that he felt bored. That’s not something I often hear from people who are dealing with cancer, but I know what he meant. Some patients can face boredom.


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How Old is too Old to Treat Cancer?

Posted February 28th, 2014

The older you are, the more likely it is that you’ll be diagnosed with cancer. The average age at diagnosis is now 66 and it’s increasingly common for people in their late 80s and even older to consider cancer treatment.


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The Vivid Images of Cancer

Posted January 13th, 2014

People with cancer often form mental images of the disease or its treatment…They visualized killing off the cancer cells one-by-one until they were all gone.


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New Year’s Wishes

Posted December 30th, 2013

I like to give myself a magic wand at this time of the year to grant wishes to those affected by cancer. Here are my wishes for 2014.


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Nontraditional Cancer Therapies

Posted December 4th, 2013

People often fall into two camps regarding the usefulness of nontraditional cancer therapies. Some people are irrationally exuberant in their support of these therapies.


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Postcancer Relationships

Posted October 22nd, 2013

It can be a challenge to begin a new relationship after having had cancer. We usually think about this from the perspective of the person with cancer. What about postcancer relationships?


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The Art and Science of Oncology

Posted October 1st, 2013

Science is the starting point of cancer care, but there is an art to applying that science to each patient. Oncology Patients don’t always fit into neat little boxes with obvious choices for the best treatment.


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Wearing My Cancer Sucks Button

Posted September 17th, 2013

I often wear a button that says cancer sucks. In addition to pretty well summing up the cancer experience, it’s a great conversation starter.