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Supporting a Partner With Breast Cancer

Courtney Bitz, MSW, LCSW discusses how couples can best get and give support after a cancer diagnosis.
Oct 19, 2016

When a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer, research has shown that having a supportive partner is one of the most important factors in helping her cope. But partners may struggle with knowing what to say or how best to support a loved one. The only program of its kind, Courtney Bitz's Couples Coping with Cancer Together program helps women and their partners identify problems that are most important to them as part of their overall medical care.

Listen to the podcast to hear Courtney discuss:

  • how the Couples Coping with Cancer Together program works

  • specific examples of how a woman can ask for and get the support she needs

  • the different ways women and men cope with stress and how each can understand the other better

  • common requests that women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer ask of their partners

To help our visitors, Courtney provided the Partners’ Guide to Managing the Challenges of Breast Cancer. It offers tips on what partners can do to help a woman who’s been diagnosed, as well as tips for what diagnosed women can do to get the best support from their partners and other loved ones.

About the guest
Courtney Bitz, MSW, LCSW

Courtney Bitz is a licensed clinical social worker who heads the Couples Coping with Cancer Together program for City of Hope, a comprehensive cancer center in Duarte, CA.

— Last updated on August 5, 2022, 7:20 PM

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