By Cheryl A. C. Peretz, MD
Children Deserve Cures
As cliché as it sounds, it is my patients who inspire my research every day. Children have an amazing resilience, regardless and in spite of a leukemia diagnosis.
The COVID-19 impact on cancer care was immediate.
So was your response to help patients everywhere by supporting the COVID Impacts Cancer fund.
Donors to Conquer Cancer, the ASCO Foundation have committed more than $6 million to support the patient and cancer care community during this global health crisis.
ASCO experts are leading efforts to provide the information and resources needed to meet the challenges of this pandemic.
As any person with cancer knows, a cancer diagnosis also affects family members and friends. Sometimes, the complex feelings and lifestyle changes caused by cancer and its treatment become as overwhelming for others in your life as they are for you. Understanding the potential changes in the way you relate to specific family members and friends may help you take steps to grow healthy, mutually supportive relationships during this challenging time.
A disease such as cancer is often one of the most stressful experiences of a person's life. Coping with cancer can be more challenging with added stress from work, family, or financial concerns. Everyday stress can also make coping with a cancer diagnosis more difficult.
Stress has not been shown to cause cancer. But chronic stress may weaken the immune system, causing other health problems and decreasing feelings of well-being.