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Just a Moment: Pivotal Points in the Cancer Maze
Tue, April 4, 2017, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM PDT
Jeff Tirengel, PsyD, MPH, Professor Emeritus, California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University, finds that while individuals living with cancer have unique paths through the medical maze, they often have particular experiences in common: when they first learn they have cancer; when they first tell others; the moments of waiting for results of cancer tests, and the moments of learning the findings; the moments of looking into a mirror and seeing a cancer patient version of themselves; and the moments of connection --and disconnection--with self and others. This talk explores these and other moments for individuals living with cancer and those who seek greater insight into their experiences. The presentation features findings from in-depth interviews with patients themselves and caregivers who support them personally and professionally. The presenter also highlights his experience of these moments as a psychologist who works with medical patients, as a family caregiver, and as a cancer patient himself.