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.
“come down with” = become sick with a particular medical problem
“If’ you’re not careful, you’ll come down with the flu.”
A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.
I once had a friend that was diagnosed with terminal cancer, and the news that he might only live up to six months was a great shock to him, his family, and his friends.
However, in spite of the dire prognosis, he was initially determined to look into all available treatments that might cure or extend his life.
. . . but rather (than) give in to discouragement and self-pity, he took comfort his faith in God and humanity.
Workers from a local hospice came to the home to help regulate his medication and provide any other needed support.
You often can't learn these important attributes in the lap of luxury, and perhaps, such an experience is the greatest and final gift the terminally ill can give those left behind.
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.
Use the Internet to find information about one of these types of cancer: breast cancer, colon cancer, lung cancer, prostate cancer, and skin cancer. Then, answer the questions: