Bob Riter

The Power of a Cancer Support Group

Posted May 26th, 2016

People with cancer share differently within a cancer support group as compared to how they share with their family and friends. One woman recently told me that when she shares her cancer diagnosis with friends, the friends often say something like, “You’re going to be ok, right?” She went on to say, “In my support […]


Bob Riter

Waiting for a Call From the Oncologist

Posted May 11th, 2016

Waiting is one of the most intense feelings because the good news is really good and the bad news is often life-changing. You know that you’re supposed to silence your cell phone when you’re in a meeting. Exceptions are permitted if it’s truly important, and few calls are more important than calls from your oncologist. […]


Communicating With Your Doctor

Posted August 17th, 2012

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 […]


I Have Cancer. What’s New With You?

Posted March 23rd, 2012

Should I tell this anonymous person that I have cancer? Will she write “Bob Riter has cancer” in some computerized database? Can people with cancer give blood?