Dealing with cancer is very stressful for both patients and their families and the stress can increase during the holidays. Families who have someone diagnosed with cancer are faced with multiple stresses caused both by the disease and by seasonal activities. But, Emily Lane, clinical social worker at the Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU School of Medicine, says the holidays can be enjoyable for the individuals with cancer and their families.
She offers these suggestions.
Lane says communication is the key to getting through the holidays. She advises families to listen to the concerns of the person with the disease and be there to support and comfort them.