Bob Riter

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.


Bob Riter

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.


Bob Riter

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.


Bob Riter

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?


Bob Riter

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.


Bob Riter

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.


Bob Riter

Cancer With Grace

Posted September 4th, 2013

Grace is one of those qualities that we struggle to define, but recognize when we see it. People with grace always seem to do and say the right thing, and do so with honest kindness.


Bob Riter

Appreciating the Normal

Posted August 23rd, 2013

Most people with a chronic illness experience days when their pain fades into the background and they once again take note of the world around them.


Bob Riter

A Health Professional in the Family

Posted August 7th, 2013

Sooner or later, someone in your family will be diagnosed with cancer. If you’re a doctor, nurse, scientist, or other health professional, you may feel obligated to help that person navigate through the decisions that need to be made.


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Getting Second Opinions

Posted July 24th, 2013

Cancer guidebooks are full of grandiose suggestions like “assemble a team of experts,” but most people don’t know where to begin.