Bob Riter

Don’t Assume You Understand

Posted July 29th, 2015

When Donna Berich tells people that she has skin cancer, they sometimes say, “Skin cancer? Oh, everyone gets that.” Well, not quite. Few people have skin cancer like Donna and others who have Basal Cell Carcinoma Nevus Syndrome (BCCNS). It’s common to think of skin cancers as falling into one of two categories: Melanomas which […]


CancerLand Bookshelf: And in Health: A guide for Couples Facing Cancer Together

Posted September 10th, 2013

And In Health covers topics ranging from aspects of a couple’s emotional life to the finer points of successfully interacting with your medical team.


Loneliness and Cancer May Be a Deadly Combination

Posted August 27th, 2013

It’s hard not to feel isolated when you’re being treated for cancer. Your priorities so drastically change after a cancer diagnosis.


New Year’s Wishes

Posted January 7th, 2013

I like to give myself a magic wand in the first column of each year to grant wishes to those affected by cancer.


The Transitions of Cancer

Posted November 21st, 2012

My job is to listen to people affected by cancer and to help them however I can.


Groundhog Friends

Posted November 9th, 2012

I’m often asked how to be a friend to someone with cancer. I generally answer this question by encouraging them to be good listeners and to be present for their friend in every sense of the word. The best friends are what I describe as “groundhog friends.” Remember the movie Groundhog Day with Bill Murray? […]


Why Aren’t They Doing More?

Posted November 7th, 2012

I sometimes get asked various versions of this question: “My father has advanced cancer, but they don’t seem to be treating him very aggressively. Why aren’t they doing surgery to remove the metastases in his lungs and liver?”