Bob Riter

Advice for the College Student Who has a Parent with Cancer

Posted April 24th, 2015

There are thousands of college students in Ithaca and quite a few have a parent living with cancer.


Bob Riter

Send a card: A gesture that makes a difference

Posted April 14th, 2015

How can you help a friend who has cancer? Send a card.


Bob Riter

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Chemo

Posted March 24th, 2015

Visitors to the Cancer Resource Center are sometimes startled to hear uproarious laughter coming from behind doors. When the visitor raises a questioning eyebrow, we respond, “Oh, that’s one of our support groups. They laugh a lot.” People expect our groups to be somber. Cancer is difficult, and there are meetings filled with concern and […]


Bob Riter

How to Help a Cancer Patient’s Caregiver

Posted March 5th, 2015

I often write columns that suggest ways that caregivers can help the person with cancer. Today, I want to suggest ways that the rest of us can help the caregiver. I’m defining caregiver as the person most involved in supporting the patient. It’s typically a spouse, child, parent, sibling, or friend. This is the person […]