Dating while battling cancer
D., associate professor of social work at the University of Michigan, whose current research focuses primarily on adolescents and young adults with cancer.
Over the next several weeks, our reporters and bloggers will be exploring some of the most difficult issues the young adult cancer community grapples with, whether that be building a career while battling cancer or dating while undergoing chemo treatments.Their stories are equal parts heartbreaking and inspiring.Latest medical advances have ensured that being diagnosed with cancer need no longer be equated with a death sentence.And yet several cancers are still incurable while being treated for the curable ones can overwhelm both the patient and his/her family.So here are a few tips on how you can support a spouse who is battling cancer and at the same time save your marriage from falling apart.Chances are we all know someone who's been affected by cancer: Half of men and one-third of women in the United States will have it at some point in their lifetime.
But when we picture someone with the disease, we don't often see young people in their prime -- in their late teens, 20s and 30s, just starting to really live life.
Young adult cancer patients are often lost in a no-man's land between pediatric oncology networks and those targeted toward older adults.
And their prognosis is grim: Survival rates have not improved in more than 20 years. Young people ages 18 to 34 are the least likely group to have health insurance -- they may also be less inclined to see a doctor until something feels wrong, and those physicians might be hesitant to assume that any given ache, pain or lump is cancer, speculates Bradley Zebrack, Ph.
Let it sink in If your spouse has just been diagnosed with cancer, you might feel the earth beneath your feet shifting away.
On one hand you must now don the role of the primary caregiver for your spouse while at the same time taking on the role of the only active partner and perhaps parent in the family.
Worst of all, you can no longer depend exclusively on your spouse for emotional and practical support since it is you who has to be the emotional rock to him/her.