In this week’s health report, WHCU’s Pete Blanchard spoke with a local cancer survivor whose new book explores the many issues involved with a cancer diagnosis.
Ithaca resident Bob Riter’s life was forever changed when he was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 40.
Riter went on to become the executive director of the Cancer Resource Center of the Finger Lakes, an organization that provides support and information to people affected by cancer.
In his new book, When Your Life is Touched by Cancer, Riter draws from his experiences with cancer patients, physicians and other professionals.
“We find that people have universal experiences [with cancer],” Riter said. “People are worried about their families, and people have trouble dealing with uncertainty. And somehow when your realize other people have similar fears and worries, it makes it easier.
Fifty free copies of the book are being donated to Cayuga Medical Center, and will be given to patients undergoing cancer treatment.