Whether it’s rest and relaxation you need or a little bit of excitement and adventure, if you feel up to travelling, then having cancer doesn’t need to stop you from exploring the rest of the world.
If you have recently been diagnosed with cancer, a holiday can give you the time and space to come to terms with the illness. Or maybe you need a few days away to recuperate from cancer treatment. You might even want to go on holiday to celebrate the all-clear.
Unfortunately, many travel insurers are reluctant to cover cancer patients, or anyone with a pre-existing medical condition, because they are considered more likely to make a claim.
We’ve talked about lots of practical issues that cancer patients deal with, but one topic we’ve neglected is cancer and sex. Contrary to popular belief, sex and intimacy don’t have to stop when cancer enters the picture, and in this episode, we explore some helpful tips for navigating the world of sex and relationships in the midst of illness.
Welcome to Episode 2 of Cancer Companion!
This week, we’re talking about sex.
There’s no doubt that living with cancer changes things in your life, but a diagnosis doesn’t mean that sex and intimacy should be completely off limits. In fact, we know that many couples worry about sex, but feel too nervous to talk to their doctors about it.
In this episode, we speak with Clinical Psychologist Dr. Leslie Schover. Leslie is the Founder of Will2Love; an organisation that helps cancer patients to navigate sexuality and fertility through evidence-based self-help programs, access to telehealth advice, patient forums, and psychological counselling. We ask Leslie why sex might change during the cancer journey, and what you can do to cope with these changes – on your own, or with a partner.
Can I stay sexually active during cancer? Is cancer sexually transmitted? Can I still have sex after a hysterectomy? Is it safe to have sex during chemo? We’ve answered all these blush-inducing questions and more, to help you feel more confident in the tricky territory of cancer and sex.
There’s so much information out there about childhood cancer – how it starts, how common it is, and what’s being done to fight it. Continue reading below to check out our handy childhood cancer infographic, for all the facts in one place.
Childhood Cancer is hard to talk about, but thousands of children and their families face it every single day. This week on the Cancer Companion Podcast, we speak with a childhood cancer survivor and ask for her best advice about navigating the cancer journey.
Welcome to Season 2 of Cancer Companion. We’re so excited to bring you another fantastic series of conversations with cancer patients and experts.
This season, we’ll be focusing on the “less-discussed” aspects of life with cancer; those “taboos” and tough topics that are hard to wade into.
Together, every week, we’ll explore a different “Cancer Taboo” – everything from finances and money, to sex, pregnancy, fertility, mental health, and end of life care.
This week, we’re diving straight in with a discussion about Childhood Cancer.
How would you explain cancer to a child? It’s a difficult subject for anyone to talk about, but if a child is diagnosed, or someone in their family is living with cancer, you might find yourself dealing with a lot of difficult questions. What is cancer? Why do I have to stay in hospital? Why is someone’s hair falling out?
One of the best ways for kids to understand new ideas is through reading about them. So we’ve collected together 10 of the best children’s books about cancer – many of them written by people who have been through cancer themselves.