You’ve Been Diagnosed with Cancer; Now What?

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Today’s guest blog comes to us from Dr. Marc Siegel, a professor of medicine at the NYU Langone Medical Center and the medical director of Doctor Radio on SiriusXM.

The holiday season is a particularly difficult time for those with newly discovered cancer. While friends are out celebrating what am I as a new cancer patient supposed to do? What if someone close to me, such as a family member, has a newly diagnosed cancer, how am I supposed to help? How do I transition from diagnosis to treatment while maintaining hope and avoiding despair?

Join us on Doctor Radio on SiriusXM’s channel 110 this Friday, December 4 at 3 PM ET where we will tackle these and other topics central to all new cancer sufferers. The new monthly oncology show, sponsored by Lilly, will be hosted by two of the country’s top cancer care experts Dr. Abraham Chachoua, Professor of Oncology, preeminent lung cancer specialist, top clinician, and associate director of the Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Cancer Center at NYU Langone Medical Center and Dr. Benjamin Neel, Director of the Perlmutter Cancer Center at NYU and world renowned researcher and oncologist. 

Adjusting to cancer around the holidays requires help from the mental health profession. To help answer your questions, we’ll be joined by:

  • Dr. Jane Rosenthal, Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at NYU
  • Janine Marino, Senior Social Worker at the Perlmutter Cancer Center
  • Deborah Markow, talking to us from her own personal vantage point as lung cancer survivor,  history professor at NYU, patient of Dr. Chachoua, and volunteer at the Cancer Center.

As newly diagnosed cancer sufferers across the country and their families learn to adjust and to cope, we hope this show will provide an important source of information to counter the dread of not knowing:  How do you deal with a holiday Christmas party if you are fatigued, in pain, and your appetite is gone? What do you do if people aren’t treating you the way they used to because they don’t know what to say? How do you know if you are depressed enough for psychiatric help? Do hope and faith play a role? What does the latest research show? Are there survivor groups you can join?  Find out the answers to these and many other questions on Friday, or call us with your questions.

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