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Cancer Narratives: Has Cancer Made You Feel Selfish?


Using scientific research as a springboard for discussion, CKN is distilling this research into practical narratives that will improve the quality of life for patients and offer deeper understanding and connection for physicians.  Please join this Doctor-Patient conversation about feelings of guilt and selfishness.



by Chris Lewis, Living with Cancer


I know, no one likes to consider themselves as selfish, especially me! But my encounter with cancer has made me wonder. Other people are always my concern, and the joy I receive in my life has always come from doing things for others. However, when cancer struck, my world turned on its head. Instead of being a part of my family focus, I became the entire focus. Everywhere I went, people wanted to know what was happening to me.

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In Search of Zen: Living with Cancer-Induced Anxiety

KateHarcourtby Kate Harcourt Turner, Living with Cancer


Late last year, three innocuous little words landed in my lap on an otherwise uneventful Friday. It’s fair to say that I never saw them coming. People my age rarely do! There I was, an average 37 year-old woman going about her day, when suddenly…BOOM!


You. Have. Cancer.


Up until that point I had never thought for a second I would hear the words “You have Cancer” in a lifetime, let alone in my thirties. All at once, I felt everything change. It was as if the mere utterance of those three little words had somehow altered the course and clarity of my entire life.

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Parenting: How my cancer diagnosis sped up the process

AmyAubinby Amy Aubin, Living with Cancer

To a child, a parent is their entire world.  Children don’t think of the logistics of what it takes to put a roof over their head, to feed them, to get them to school, all under regular circumstances.  To them, parents are invincible – at least most of the time.  Parents are largely just the people who say no to extra treats or to sleepovers on school nights, they are the people who make us wash up before meals and make us bathe before bed.  But they are also our safety net – cuddling us to sleep and checking under the bed for monsters and assuring us that everything will be fine.  For a child, a parent showing their vulnerability especially at a young age is a very scary thing.


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The power of staying with difficult feelings: Lessons from my 8-year-old patient

Dreamcatcherby Rob Rutledge, MD, FRCPC

Many years ago, as I walked onto the children’s cancer ward, I was taken aback by the scene of a young mother holding her daughter tight to her chest. The mother was sobbing uncontrollably and the little girl was saying softly “It’s going to be OK, Mommy. It’s going to be OK.”

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Post Traumatic Growth – An Unanticipated Side Effect of Cancer



by Anne Katz PhD, RN, CKN Survivorship Editor




“As horrible as it was, the cancer made me a better person.”


We hear this sometimes, the expression of benefit from a journey that threatened life and all that is held most precious. Cancer survivors talk about lessons learned, about a new way of seeing and appreciating family and friends and life. This is called post-traumatic growth and for the past two decades this concept has been of interest to those who work with individuals with cancer and other stressful and/or traumatic life events. It is also called “benefit-finding” and refers to the reinterpretation of trauma as an opportunity for growth (Jim & Jacobsen, 2008).

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Part Three Save Your Skin Series: Oncologic Surgery

skin-careWelcome to the Save Your Skin Series, by Morag Currin.  In the coming weeks, Morag will expertly walk us through the issues that we may encounter with our skin as a result of cancer treatment. Please feel free to email your questions or comments.  


Part One The Need for Specialized Skin Care

Part Two Itching


Today’s topic is scarring after oncologic surgery.  Morag is joined by special guest Jeanna Doyle.

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