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    How to Talk to Children About Cancer

    Discussion tips to help the children of a parent with cancer understand and cope with the diagnosis.

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    How to Handle Worry During 'Watchful Waiting'

    If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer there will likely come a time when your oncologist recommends “watchful waiting”. Depending on ...

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    The Emotional Toll of Post-Diagnosis Genetic Testing

    A cancer diagnosis brings with it a flood of questions – not only about how to treat the cancer, but also about its origins. Genetic ...

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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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    Weathering the Storm of Diagnosis

    Have you ever seen The Wizard of Oz? I watched it again recently and was struck by how much the opening scenes of the movie, the black and ...

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    Should You Tell Your Boss You Have Cancer?

    In my several years in the cancer world, I often have run into fellow patients who think they need to keep their cancer a secret from their ...

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  • Wendy Baer

    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.