Posted May 3rd, 2013Bob Riter
When I talk with groups of students, someone usually asks, “Does cancer hurt?” It’s an interesting question that can be answered on many different levels.
Posted April 5th, 2013Bob Riter
Nearly everyone with cancer wonders if they would be better off had they made different decisions somewhere along the line.
Posted January 29th, 2013Bob Riter
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.
Posted January 7th, 2013Bob Riter
I like to give myself a magic wand in the first column of each year to grant wishes to those affected by cancer.
Posted December 4th, 2012Bob Riter
About this time last year, I wrote a column on buying holiday gifts for people with cancer. I discouraged gifts that focused on illness.
Posted November 30th, 2012Bob Riter
Since this is a gift-giving time of year, I have been thinking about gift suggestions for people who are being treated for cancer and for those who have recently completed treatment.
Posted November 21st, 2012Bob Riter
My job is to listen to people affected by cancer and to help them however I can.
Posted November 9th, 2012Bob Riter
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? […]
Posted November 7th, 2012Bob Riter
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?”
Posted September 10th, 2012Bob Riter
In today’s column, I’d like to recognize a small group of people who step up to support a neighbor, a community member, or an acquaintance who would otherwise go through cancer alone.