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Topic: BCO Podcast: Supporting a Partner With Breast Cancer

Forum: Caring for Someone with Stage IV or Mets —

A place where family members, caregivers, and loved ones of people having a Stage IV (metastatic) diagnosis can share, discuss, and support one another through the tough times unique to this diagnosis.

Posted on: Feb 18, 2016 10:26AM

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Supporting a Partner With Breast Cancer, February 9, 2016

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, Calif. 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, Couples Coping with Cancer Together 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

Running time: 27:25

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