Best of Cancerwise 2017: Advice from our patients and caregivers

If you — or your child — were diagnosed with cancer, what would you do? How would you handle the treatments and the side effects? How would you keep your spirits up? These are just a few of the topics our patients and caregivers discussed on our Cancerwise blog this year. Here’s some of the best advice they shared in 2017: On making treatment decisions When 8-year-old Elise Robinson was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, she faced a tough choice: let doctors amputate her right leg above the knee, replace her diseased bone with an implant, or perform a mobility-preserving procedure called a “rotationplasty,” that would turn her right ankle into a functional knee joint. Read how Elise’s mother helped her make that decision. On approaching cancer treatment with a sense of humor Being treated for anal cancer provided Pam Patterson with many awkward and embarrassing moments to live through. But whether recovering from “accidents,” adjusting to unexpectedly intimate equipment, or enduring uncomfortable positions during treatment, she approached it all with laughter and levity. See how else Pam coped with her experience. On finding meaning in life after a loved one’s diagnosis When Audrie Luna’s father was diagnosed with stage IV renal cell carcinoma in July 2015, she struggled to reconcile what she imagined her life would be like with what it actually was. But by creating new rituals to enjoy with her father, she learned to maintain a positive outlook. Here are other ways Audrie found meaning. On managing the urge to ‘hurry’ after a cancer diagnosis As celebrity chef Hans Rueffert learned when he was diagnosed with stomach cancer,...