Bob Riter

Cancer Survivors Can Help the Newly Diagnosed

Posted August 3rd, 2017

When friends I haven’t heard from for many years suddenly call me, I wait for them to say, “Bob, I just got diagnosed with cancer.” This is not unique to me. People who have had cancer are often asked for advice by those who are newly diagnosed. Similar conversations take place in cancer support groups. […]

Karen Arnold-Korzeniowski, BSN, RN

Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week

Posted April 10th, 2016

Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week is April 10-16th. During this week there are educational talks, fundraising opportunities and patient support initiatives. Keep in mind that free screenings are always available at sites throughout the United States. To be able to provide some advice to those affected by these cancers, I asked oral, head […]

Bob Riter

Don’t Give Advice to Friends with Cancer

Posted July 18th, 2014

People often call me and say, “My friend was just diagnosed with cancer. What can I do to help her?” My answer is simple: Be present and don’t give advice.

Zip It

Posted September 16th, 2011

I often wonder why people feel the need to tell you how they think you should feel and act about having cancer. Of course, it is their opinion and they are entitled to think it, but it doesn’t mean they are entitled to share it. There are 3 topics that you shouldn’t offer an opinion […]