Surviving Cancer as a Family and Helping Co-Survivors Thrive
by Catherine A. Marshall, Editor
June 2010, 189pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-0-313-37894-2
$75, £58, 66€, A103
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Each year, some 1.5 million people in the United States are diagnosed with cancer. The shock sends waves of fear through many more millions who are their family members. It’s difficult enough to face the initial fear and anxiety caused by a cancer diagnosis, but that is followed by the difficult, tenuous, and sensitive questions: What can I do? What should I say? How can I help?

Within this book, family members will find the information they need to better understand and cope with cancer in the family, thereby helping their loved one, and themselves, most effectively.

Family members of individuals diagnosed with cancer are, themselves, cancer survivors. Yet, all too often, their needs, questions, and concerns are not systematically addressed by the medical and human services systems. Surviving Cancer as a Family and Helping Co-Survivors Thrive was written to help everyone touched by cancer understand and cope.

In this unique book, answers to practical questions, including how and where to find financial and emotional support as a caregiver, are explored through research and personal experience. Influences, such as culture and socioeconomic status that impact the family system within which a cancer patient is cared for, are addressed as well. Recognizing that family members sometimes need help even more than their loved one with cancer, the book provides vignettes demonstrating situations and solutions for particular ethnic and cultural populations and for spouses/partners and children of cancer patients. Easy to read and use, Surviving Cancer as a Family and Helping Co-Survivors Thrive will quickly give readers the knowledge to cope with a cancer diagnosis of a loved one—or even themselves.


  • Comprises chapters authored by cancer survivors, co-survivors, clinicians, and professionals in cancer intervention, health care, education, and psychology
  • Includes a bibliography
Catherine A. Marshall, PhD, is research professor in the Department of Educational Psychology at Northern Arizona University (NAU) and Frances McClelland Associate Research Professor at the Frances McClelland Institute for Children, Youth, and Families and at the Norton School of Family & Consumer Sciences, University of Arizona (UA). Dr. Marshall is also a senior scholar with the UA National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health. In 2007, Dr. Marshall received a two-year Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award for Individual Senior Fellowship, funded by the Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, and the National Cancer Institute, to support her work regarding the impact of the cancer experience on the family. She has more than 30 years experience working in the field of rehabilitation. In 1997, she received the National Council on Rehabilitation Education Outstanding Researcher of the Year award for research with American Indian families and chronic illness/disability. As a Fulbright scholar, she researched the needs and resources of indigenous people with disabilities in Oaxaca, Mexico. She was the lead editor of Praeger's three-volume Disabilities: Insights from across Fields and around the World Marshall is the founder and president of the non-profit organization, the Women’s International Leadership Institute.
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