Colin was diagnosed with melanoma several weeks ago. He had a few scary weeks between diagnosis and removal of the cancer. He's told he's clean but, what happens next?
Fewer Americans diagnosed with cancer this year will die from their disease than at any other time in the last two decades. Medical advances in detection and treatment and a population more aware of the habits that can lead to cancer are helping more people live with cancer.
The good news is that more people survive a diagnosis of cancer. The bad news is that regardless of the medical advances, the word "cancer" can still trigger mental images that terrify us and the medical treatment can leave us ill-prepared to live with the fear and emotional upheaval that take center stage after the cancer is treated.
Today, Colin talks with friends who have been living with cancer for a very long time.
- Jim Chapdelaine - Producer, four-time Emmy-winning composer, recording engineer and musician (@jimchap)
- Laura Bellmay - Retired development and fundraising consultant and writer
- Eileen Manela - Psychotherapist in private practice with a subspecialty working with people in all phases of illness
Colin McEnroe, Betsy Kaplan, and Chion Wolf contributed to this show.