Patient Don Tabler was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2000, with some charts giving him only six years to live. His husband Russ Bond cared for him throughout his 12-year journey with prostate cancer.
Here, Russ discusses the important role of a caregiver as well as the care his husband received at NorthShore Kellogg Cancer Center, including the cutting edge treatments and clincial trials that helped Don's doctor, Daniel Shevrin, MD, Medical Oncology
and Palliative Medicine, improve and maintain his quality of live and extend his survival far beyond what was intially projected.
Being diagnosed with cancer, at any stage, can be overwhelming and highly emotional. Not only does this news
immediately affect the person who is diagnosed with the disease, but it also impacts their loved ones.
As one moves through diagnosis to treatment, often friends and/or family members will serve as caregivers. National Cancer Survivors’ Day—held on June 3, 2012—is and an opportunity to recognize and celebrate life, and all of those who have been impacted by
Carol Flanagan, RN, Living in the Future (LIFE) Cancer Survivorship Program, offers the following words of wisdom to cancer caregivers:
If you’ve cared for a loved one with cancer, what advice would you give others?