Best of Cancerwise 2018: Advice from our patients and caregivers

How do you explain cancer — or the effects of cancer treatment — to a young child? How do manage everyday life when one of your own children has cancer? How do you make the most of your support system when facing a cancer diagnosis yourself — even if you’re hundreds of miles away from home? These are just a few of the topics our patients and caregivers explored on our Cancerwise blog this year. Here’s some of the best advice they shared with us in 2018. On managing everyday life when a child has cancer When Sara K. Parker’s daughter was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma in 2016 at age 9, she rejected the assertion that she’d soon adjust to a “new normal” with cancer. But the mother of four quickly learned that taking care of herself was critical to supporting her daughter. Find out what else she learned while her daughter received treatment. On explaining cancer to young children  When Ashley Rivera was diagnosed with stage III breast cancer in January 2017, her biggest fear was how her three young children would be affected. She and her husband, Bryan, met with a social work counselor at MD Anderson to find the right words to discuss it. Read about how they kept their explanations simple — and the conversation going — to reduce their children’s anxiety. On making the most of your resources In April 2013, Dr. Anatole Karpovs was a 37-year-old pediatrician with a busy practice and a hectic family life. He didn’t have time to be sick. But bloody stools, bowel changes and abdominal pains led to...