Coping with a Cancer Diagnosis

How can I keep my family together while coping with a cancer diagnosis?

Our Daddy MD Guide’s reply: As a cancer specialist who treats adults, I know that people who have been diagnosed with cancer have a lot of questions and fears about the diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment process. The patient is encouraged to bring a family member or friend with them to the first appointment. From the very beginning, I assure them that I am there to help them throughout the process and will address their questions and concerns. I explain to them that it requires family support and that their family is the most important thing in their life.

I strongly encourage them to see their children often, spend time with loved ones and reconnect, if interested, with those that they have lost touch with over the years. I talk with my patients about re-prioritizing and making the best of what they have even though it can be a difficult challenge. Above all, I tell my patients that it is okay to seek counseling as no one teaches us how to cope with this diagnosis. As a physician, you need to be aware of the impact of the diagnosis on the patient and patient, as well as the impact of the patient and family on the diagnosis.

Zucel Solc, MD, a dad of 27- and 25-year-old daughters, a radiation oncologist in private practice, and a founding partner of WellSpring Oncology, in Pinellas Park, FL Q&A by Wyatt Myers