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    How to Tell Someone You Have Cancer

    The other day, I was talking to my 14 year-old daughter’s friend, and we were discussing hair. She has beautiful, thick wavy hair, but she ...

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    ‘How Did I Get Cancer?’

    I have this tale I tell myself: I probably got cancer because I went through in-vitro fertilization (IVF). IVF involves mega-doses of ...

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    Is a Support Group Right for You?

    When David was diagnosed with colon cancer a friend suggested he go to a support group to help him cope with the diagnosis. David thought, ...

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    Painkillers and Cancer Patients

    Michelle Sittre, 40, felt that something was wrong for a couple years before she was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. She kept ...

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    Does Quitting Chemo Mean You Want to Die?

    “Life like this is just not worth it. I feel sick all the time. I can’t even get off the couch most days. My family has to take care of me, ...

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    Loved One With Advanced Cancer? 4 Things to Know

    I’ve been interviewing a lot of patients lately with metastatic cancer -- cancer that has spread to different parts of the body. Frankly, I ...

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    Metastatic Breast Cancer: What Pink Doesn’t Cover

    Kelli Parker was flying on business the first week of October when she saw a flight attendant wearing a pink smock and a pink bracelet that ...

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    When Your Child Has Cancer

    As I went into work yesterday, I walked past a mom carrying her son out of the cancer center. The boy in his mom’s arms could not have been ...

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    How Antidepressants Can Help During Treatment

    When Lynn’s doctor prescribed an antidepressant during her cancer treatment, she was confused: “But I’m not depressed!” Lynn’s reaction is ...

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    Survivor Guilt? Why You Should Let It Go

    Survivor guilt is a theme I see frequently when I visit online support groups: “I feel bad complaining about my cancer, I know it could be ...

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    Wendy Baer, MD

    Wendy Baer, MD, is the medical director of psychiatric oncology at the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University in Atlanta. Dr. Baer helps patients and their families deal with the stress of receiving a cancer diagnosis and going through treatment. Her expertise in treating clinical depression and anxiety helps people manage emotions, behaviors and relationships during difficult times.