Bob Riter

Patient, Not Family, Should Decide on Cancer Treatment

Posted August 31st, 2015

Ninety-year-old Jimmy Carter is beginning treatment for cancer. Some people may wonder if age should be a factor when making treatment decisions. Can you be too old for treatment? I think it’s great when an older person says, “I want to aggressively treat my cancer. Give me chemo, give me whatever.” But I cringe when […]

Bob Riter

Ringing the Bell

Posted May 21st, 2015

When patients finish their last round of chemotherapy, there is often the ritual of ringing the bell. Everyone cheers. It’s a good feeling.

Bob Riter

Should People with Alzheimer’s be Treated for Cancer?

Posted November 21st, 2014

A woman recently told me that she had a friend with Alzheimer’s disease who was being treated for cancer. She asked me if that was the right thing to do.

Bob Riter

Cancer on Your Own Terms

Posted October 29th, 2014

Bob Riter discusses why there is no single best path through cancer.

Carolyn Vachani

How Can I Help My Friend Going Through Cancer Treatment?

Posted September 5th, 2014

Despite all the advice, there is one thing that almost all people going through cancer treatment will experience: cancer is EXPENSIVE.

Bob Riter

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.

Not So Graceful

Posted September 24th, 2013

Everyone has their own personality and cancer finds you as you are and not so graceful. Cancer treatment brings with it maybe more stress than you’ve ever felt before in your life.

It’s the Little Things

Posted September 12th, 2013

Look at the marketing material from any cancer center. Any mention of the fact how hard they will work to allow you to get a good sleep while you’re a patient?

Too Little and Too Much Cancer Treatment

Posted January 29th, 2013

Although I firmly believe that everyone should be in control of their own treatment decisions, I have observed that some people seem to seek too little treatment when they are first diagnosed and other people seek too much treatment at the end of their lives.

I wish u knew

I wish u knew… Getting through cancer treatment: tips from an oncology nurse

Posted January 9th, 2013

Marianna provides tips for people starting cancer treatments and talks about the cancer experience.