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1. Imagine that a family friend or colleague has just been diagnosed with cancer. Explain how the American Cancer Society might provide education and support. What ACS services would you recommend and why?
Unfortunately, I do not have to imagine having a family friend recently diagnosed with cancer. Sad-fully, this is a true reality for one of my closest friend’s two year old son. Little David was diagnosed with ALS (b-cell) in the past months. Although the mortality rate is lower for “b-cell” rather than “t-cell” ALS, it is heartbreaking to see the devastation that cancer brings to a family unit. The most challenging part of treating cancer for my friend’s son is seeing the psychological, physical and mental deterioration that occurs to a young body going through cancer treatment. Although he is taking the chemotherapy well, he has lost the ability to walk and his extensive vocabulary is down to three simple words. He has states of acute psychosis that are hard for his parents to deal with. David’s father is a CRNA and his mother a CVICU nurse, even at their level of expertise this it is unbearable at times to know everything about a disease yet have no control on its effects to your child. I know I have strayed away from the question, but wanted to stress the importance of why ACS exists. The American Cancer Society is the nationwide, community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service (American Cancer Society, 2013). ACS provides education and support in every way possible. The challenges of fully understanding a disease processes like cancer are extensive. Like David’s case, many cancers are not an overnight acute event that is treated quickly. Treatments for different types of…...

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