Coping with Cancer

New ACS Book Guides Friends Through Cancer Experience

How to Help Your Friend with Cancer is an easy-to-read, straightforward guide to helping a friend with cancer.

Caring for a Loved One Having Cancer Surgery

If the person you’re caring for needs surgery to treat their cancer, you may need to help them get ready before the procedure, be their advocate during recovery, and help them adjust to daily life again after the surgery is complete.

Cancer During the Holidays

Holiday time may seem like just about the worst time to have cancer in the family.

Caring For a Loved One During Chemotherapy

Taking care of a loved one as they undergo chemotherapy might seem like a daunting task. The information below will guide you through some of the basics, so you can help give the best possible care to the person you love.

Making Decisions About Breast Cancer Surgery

Most women with breast cancer have some type of surgery as part of their treatment. They often have choices to make about the type of surgery they will undergo.

Exercise Can Improve Breast Cancer Survivors’ Quality of Life

Research has shown that exercise is not only safe and possible during and after breast cancer treatment, but that it also can reduce symptoms and improve quality of life.

For Breast Cancer Survivors, Life is Better With Yoga

For women with breast cancer, research shows those who practice yoga have less stress and fatigue, and better quality of life.

Rules Changing for Some Pain Medicine Prescriptions

If you take a prescription pain medicine that includes the drug hydrocodone, the way you get your prescriptions is about to change. And many people with cancer take these medicines.

Children and Adolescents with Cancer Have Unique Needs

Young children and adolescents with cancer have physical and emotional needs that differ from those of adults with cancer.

Managing Health After Childhood Cancer

The same cancer treatment that saves children’s lives may affect their health as they grow up, and into adulthood. Specialized follow-up care is needed.

Scientists Predict Risk of Infertility in Women Treated for Hodgkin Disease

Doctors have long known that some women, especially younger women, develop fertility problems as a result of treatment for Hodgkin disease. Specifically, some treatments lead to early menopause, which reduces or takes away the ability to have children.

Children with Cancer Face School-time Challenges

The first day of a new school year brings excitement, anticipation, and often jitters for many children. But for children with cancer or another long-term illness, numerous, sometimes lengthy absences from school all year round create extra challenges.

When Someone You Know Has Cancer

Often, family, friends, and co-workers of cancer patients want to help, but just don’t know what to do. If someone you know has been diagnosed with cancer or another serious illness, you may be wondering how to help or what to say.

Long-term Care Guidelines for Prostate Cancer Survivors

An estimated 2.8 million men in the United States are living with prostate cancer or have had it at one time, and that number is growing.

Report: Number of Cancer Survivors Continues to Grow

A new report by the American Cancer Society – in collaboration with the National Cancer Institute – estimates there are almost 14.5 million cancer survivors alive in the US today, and that number will grow to almost 19 million by 2024.

Better Communication About After-Cancer Care Benefits Survivors

The end of cancer treatment is a significant milestone in the health care of survivors, but does not necessarily mean life goes back to the way it was before diagnosis.

Look Good Feel Better: Helping Cancer Patients for 25 Years

Look Good Feel Better, a free, national public service program, a cooperation with the American Cancer Society, the Personal Care Products Council Foundation, and the Professional Beauty Association, teaches cancer patients to manage the appearance side effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatments.

Studies: No Clear Link Between Stress and Cancer Returning

When treatment ends, cancer survivors begin a new chapter in their lives, one that can bring hope and happiness – but also fear of the cancer coming back.

Volunteers: Motivated to Help Others

Many cancer survivors are moved by their own experience to help others facing diagnosis and treatment. Find inspiration and hope in these stories of volunteers who are making a difference in the fight against cancer.

Everyday Ways to Boost Your Health After Breast Cancer

Many breast cancer survivors want to know what they can do to help improve their health after facing the disease. The good news is, there are a host of everyday habits that can help you stay healthier, feel better, and even reduce your risk for having cancer again in the future.

When Your Friend Has Breast Cancer

Even with cancer as an all-too-common household word, we are often unsure of what to say – or, equally important, what not to say – when someone we know is diagnosed with breast cancer.

'Breast Cancer Journey' Empowers Women at All Stages of Disease

The American Cancer Society has updated its book for women with breast cancer to help them live better through every stage of the disease. It includes the latest advances in treatment, current guidance for coping with side effects, breast reconstruction options, family and relationship issues as well as expert advice to educate women with breast cancer about their disease and help them cope with the physical and emotional demands of treatment and recovery.

Telling Your Child You Have Breast Cancer: 5 Things You Need To Know

There is no one “right way” to tell your kids you have cancer, but there are some things you can say to help relieve their fears and communicate what this diagnosis means for everyone.

Adult Survivors of Childhood Cancer Face Health Risks

A study from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has found that adult survivors of childhood cancer are likely to be at high risk for a number of serious health conditions.

Creative Arts Beneficial to Cancer Patients

Researchers from the National Institutes of Health and colleagues analyzed more than 2 dozen studies of creative arts therapies to see the effect of these therapies on cancer patients.

Studies Show Cancer Survivors’ Physical and Emotional Problems Often Go Untreated

Cancer survivors don’t have to suffer through many of the physical and emotional side effects that often linger after treatment ends, researchers say.

The ABCs of Cancer Testing: Decoding Common Abbreviations

If you're not fluent in medical abbreviations quite yet, this list of common acronyms and their meanings can help you get in the know so you can communicate more effectively with your care team.

Study Shows Duloxetine Reduces Pain from Chemotherapy

Researchers from several cancer centers in the US have found the depression drug duloxetine—known commercially as Cymbalta—can help people who develop a painful side effect from chemotherapy.

Studies Examine Doctor-Patient Communication about End-of-life Care

Two studies led by researchers from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute conclude a frank discussion with their doctor can help terminally ill cancer patients achieve better quality of life before they die.

Look and Feel Your Best During Cancer Treatment

Treatment for cancer may cause changes in your appearance that you may or may not have expected. These can include hair loss, fingernail changes, skin discoloration, weight gain, and weight loss.

Holiday Words of Inspiration from Cancer Survivors

Dealing with cancer is never easy, but it can be even more difficult during the holidays.

Coping With Grief During the Holidays

Losing a loved one to cancer is a painful and difficult experience. The death of a loved one is always traumatic, but during the holidays, the feelings of loss can be even more pronounced.

The Caregiver’s Kitchen: Cooking for a Person with Cancer

Caring for a person with cancer means meeting their most basic needs, and there’s no need more basic than food.

Eating When You Have No Appetite

During treatment for cancer, eating right is important. Some people continue to enjoy food and have a normal appetite throughout their treatment. Others have days when they don’t feel like eating.

Art Portrays Cancer Survivor’s Journey in New ACS Book

Author Sally Loughridge did not set out to write a book. The American Cancer Society book "Rad Art: A Journey Through Radiation Treatment" was her way of surviving radiation for breast cancer.

Exercise Can Help Cancer Patients’ Quality of Life

A lifestyle that includes physical activity can be beneficial for just about everyone, no matter their age, and as experts now know, even if they have cancer.

Stacy London Offers Style Tips for Women with Breast Cancer

Stacy London is known for making over dull wardrobes on TLC’s What Not to Wear. But she’s also using her fashion prowess to help women with cancer get their confidence back.

Your Body After Breast Cancer

Newlywed Sarah Lien didn’t want her husband seeing her bald. When they married two years earlier, the tips of her vibrant hair would brush against her face and tickle her healthy pink cheeks.

New ACS Book for Children Addresses Grief

Ten-year-old Emily and 7-year-old Ben have just lost their mother to cancer in a new book for children, “And Still They Bloom” written by Amy Rovere and published by the American Cancer Society.

New Report Tracks Growing Population of Cancer Survivors in the US

A first-ever report by the American Cancer Society and National Cancer Institute estimates there are 13.7 million cancer survivors alive in the US today, and that number will grow to almost 18 million by 2022.

Stress and Memory Problems in Breast Cancer Patients

Researchers at the University of Missouri have found evidence that stress plays a role in cognitive problems in breast cancer patients.

Workshops Help Survivors Cope During and After Cancer Treatment

A new series of free workshops from Cancer Care offers survivors and their loved ones practical information to help them cope with the concerns that can arise after treatment ends.

What You Can Do About Breast Cancer

What you need to know about breast cancer testing, treatment, and living with the disease.

Look Good… Feel Better Offers Virtual Workshop

The American Cancer Society Look Good… Feel Better program is hosting an online session to show women how to use wigs and makeup during cancer treatment.

Be a Healthier Cancer Survivor

Now that you’re cancer-free, be sure you’re doing everything you can to safeguard your good health.

Improving Patients’ Quality of Life Through Palliative Care

The American Cancer Society is being honored for its efforts in the field of palliative care.

Phone Counseling May Help With Cancer Pain, Depression

Phone counseling may help cancer patients suffering from pain and depression.

Cancer Pain: Don't Suffer in Silence

Pain is not always a part of having cancer, but when it is, there's no need to suffer in silence.

Coping with Pain

Whether it's from a headache, a broken bone, or something more serious, all of us have experienced pain at one time or another.

Swine Flu: What Cancer Patients Need to Know

News of a growing outbreak of swine influenza A (H1N1) in the United States and other countries has many people worried about their health.

Common Prostate Cancer Questions Answered

Prostate cancer affects nearly 200,000 men in the United States every year. The good news is that more than 2 million men in the United States who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point in their lives are still alive today.

New Study Finds Weight-lifting Eases Breast Cancer-Related Lymphedema

A slowly progressive weight-lifting program may help some breast cancer survivors ease the symptoms of lymphedema, according to a new study from the University of Pennsylvania.

End-of-Life Conversations Lower Costs, Improve Quality of Life

Advanced cancer patients who have end-of-life discussions with their doctors appear to have better quality of life in their final days and pay significantly less for that care, according to a new study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

Managing Cancer Costs in Tough Economic Times

Even in the best of times, paying for cancer care is difficult.

Private Health Insurance Doesn't Protect Cancer Patients from High Costs, Report Illustrates

Despite having private health insurance, cancer patients are running up large debts, filing for personal bankruptcy, and even delaying or forgoing treatment because they can't afford care, a new report from the American Cancer Society and the Kaiser Family Foundation shows.

Lodges Bring Hope, Holiday Cheer to Cancer Patients

Coping with a cancer over the holidays can be overwhelming, especially if you're faced with having to travel hundreds of miles from home to get treatment.

Faster Disability Claim Process for Some Cancers

People with certain types of cancer and other diseases will now be able to get their federal disability claims processed within days, thanks to a new initiative by the Social Security Administration (SSA).

New Book Offers Practical Advice and Hope for Cancer Survivors

If you were recently diagnosed with cancer or are currently going through cancer treatment, you will find a lot of practical advice and encouragement in Julie K. Silver, MD's new book, What Helped Get Me Through: Cancer Survivors Share Wisdom and Hope, published by the American Cancer Society.

Acupuncture May Help With Side Effects of Hormone Therapy, Study Finds

Acupuncture may be just as effective as an antidepressant at reducing the unpleasant side effects associated with using hormone therapy for breast cancer, according to new research presented at the annual meeting of the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (ASTRO).

A New Approach for Treating Depression in Cancer Patients

University of Edinburgh researchers have developed a new approach for treating depression in cancer patients, and results from the program's first trial were very encouraging.

Eat Your Fruits and Veggies ... Safely

How to Protect Yourself From Foodborne Illness

Need Help Navigating the Medical Minefield?

Society joins with patient advocacy group to offer free, personalized service for cancer patients

IOM's 10-Point Plan for More Comprehensive Cancer Care

Some of the most basic psychological and social issues affecting cancer patients aren't being adequately addressed, according to a recent Institute of Medicine (IOM) report commissioned by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).