- Question from JustFred: My wife was the caregiver when her mother went through breast cancer, and there are others in her family who've been through it too. She's so scared after what her mom suffered 30 years ago that she won't get tested for anything (she's 53). How can I help?
- Answers - Rosalind Kleban, L.C.S.W. There are a variety of encouraging things you can share with her. The treatment of breast cancer is very different today than years ago, and we also know a great deal more about the causes. Your wife has to work very hard at separating herself from her mother and her relatives, and know that her husband will be there to support and care for her whatever may happen. Remember — and remind her — that she may be completely well; she may be somebody in the family without hereditary breast cancer. By seeking medical attention, she can be relieved of her anxieties.
- Marc Silver One thing it's great for husbands to do is offer to go with mammograms or other medical appointments with their wives. Having someone with you can relieve some of the stress and anxiety at those times. And then take her out for lunch afterwards.
The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Family and Loved Ones featured Rosalind Kleban, L.C.S.W., author Marc Silver, and moderator Marisa Weiss, M.D. answering your questions about the issues surrounding family members and caregivers living with and caring for women affected by breast cancer.
Editor's Note: This conference took place in September 2004.
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