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Cancer Treatment
I. Pre-Listening Exercises
II. Listening Exercises
III. Vocabulary
IV. Post-Listening Exercises

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I. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]

What exactly is cancer, and what forms of cancer are most common in your country or area (liver cancer, prostate cancer, pancreatic cancer, skin cancer, or other)? Search the Internet to understand more about the disease and look up the most common forms of cancer treatment, both traditional and non-traditional therapies. Also, discuss whether family members openly discuss the disease and if there are any cultural norms on how people deal with cancer.

HELPFUL TIP: Cancer can cause great suffering for both patients and families. Early cancer screening can catch the disease early to improve chances for survival.

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II. Listening Exercises [Top]
I. Listen to the conversation by pressing the "Play Audio" button and answer the questions. Press the "Final Score" button to check your quiz.

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1. Which word best describes the man's initial reaction right after he found out that he had been diagnosed with cancer?
A. shock
B. anger
C. self-pity

2. What did the man do after he first learned of his illness?
A. He underwent immediate surgery.
B. He retired from his job.
C. He researched cancer treatments.

3. After several months with the disease, what was the man's main source of consolation?
A. his family and friends
B. his belief in God
C. his doctors' encouragement

4. Who was mainly responsible for checking on and adjusting the man's medications in the home?
A. relatives
B. his wife
C. a hospice

5. According to the story, what can we learn from such difficult and emotional experiences?
A. All people will face death, and thus, we must prepare for it spiritually.
B. Our characters can be strengthened by such adversity.
C. Families provide the best support system during such a crisis.


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II. Listen to the conversation again as you read the Quiz Script.

III. Vocabulary Activities [Top]
Review the key vocabulary from the conversation: [ Why do these? ]

IV. Post-Listening Exercises [Top]
Interview a friend or relative who has suffered from cancer, or who knows someone who has had it. Discuss the impact the disease has had on their families and how they were able to deal with it, both emotionally and spiritually. Also, find out more about the American Cancer Society and what activities it promotes in fighting cancer disease.

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