One in two Canadian are expected to be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. One in four are expected to die. It is the leading cause of death for Canadians, however in recent years the death rates have decreased. That's the positive side.
It’s a disease that affects us all since we likely know someone who is fighting it, has beaten it or has lost someone to it.
In the US, cancer care expenditures are now in the 1.5 billion dollar range. Much of this has to do with treatments and adopted standard of care. The medical aspect is one thing, but what about everything else that goes with it.
There are a range of issues like: understanding diagnosis, how to prepare for side effects of treatment, how to talk to family, how to handle leaving/returning to work, how to prepare for end of life, the right questions to ask their oncologist, strategies to cope, navigating the healthcare system etc. etc.
This is where cancer coaching comes into play. Joining me on the podcast from the Maplesoft Cancer Center is Cancer Coach Patty Barrett- Robillard.
I found the information to be valuable, emotional, educational and also uplifting. Patty does a great job at taking us through the process and if you know someone who is in need of their services I hope you connect with them. http://www.ottawacancer.ca
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