Breast Cancer: Effect on Partners

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about breast cancer, in recognition of national Breast Cancer Awareness Month. While cancer takes its toll on the patients, their partners also suffer.

Men may struggle while their wives or partners fight breast cancer, but they also may not get the help they need with this struggle because men are less likely to participate in support groups. Dr. James K.V. Willson, director of the Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says husbands and partners of women with cancer not only have to help their loved ones deal with the challenges of day-to-day life with cancer, but they also have to cope with all the emotional hurdles. A men’s support group at UT Southwestern has put together a book to help men whose partners have cancer. It contains their personal stories of their experiences and the advice they have to offer other men. The book is offered free to men whose partners are undergoing cancer treatment at UT Southwestern.

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October 2011

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