Sometimes fighting cancer takes so much of a toll on us physically that there is not much energy left to nurture ourselves emotionally.  Here are some of the areas I talk with my patients about to help balance out their self-care. Read More

My Story

August 13, 2016

My patients call me Dr. Ritu. I am a Clinical Psychologist with years of experience working with patients and families impacted by a cancer diagnosis. I trained at Loyola University’s Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, where my passion for helping people with cancer was fortified.  Prior to earning my Doctoral Read More

Cancer is a major disruption to a person’s life.  That’s no surprise, right?  But do you know all the ways it can potentially disrupt their life?

Cancer patients have a unique set of needs, as the impact of both the disease and treatment affect multiple body systems.  The road to healthy healing and a shorter recovery requires ongoing self-care.  But self-care can get complicated because

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Do you know someone who has had their life turned upside down by a cancer diagnosis?  Have you ever wondered what you can do to let them know you care, or how to help or support them?  Maybe you have considered sending flowers, joining a meal train or sending an inspirational gift.  While these are all thoughtful and kind gestures, these gifts may not be the most meaningful way to support the cancer thriver in your life.  With the strain of the disease and its therapies, Read More
Superman is iconic and world renowned for being the “Man of Steel.” He possesses extraordinary superhuman powers and seems nearly invincible, but even Superman has a weakness - his compassion.  I often equate caregivers to Superman - they are the superheroes in the fight against cancer, but it’s important to remember, that like Superman, caregivers can also succumb to their vulnerabilities and experience compassion fatigue or caregiver burnout. Read More

When someone you care about is diagnosed with cancer, it can be a challenge to know what to do to help. Typical get­-well gestures like buying candy, flowers or balloons doesn’t quite meet the ever-­expanding needs of cancer patients.

Most patients receive quite a lot of support, gifts and encouragement after their initial diagnosis. However, based on my experience counseling patients over the years, this is not when support is most needed. Patients actually report feeling overwhelmed

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Just Show Up

June 02, 2016

The best advice I ever got was from a seasoned professor in grad school. She said when you don’t know what to say, or what to do to help a patient, “Just show up.” This seemingly simple bit of advice has been tremendously impactful in both my personal and professional life.

“Showing up” means you have put another’s needs before your own. It means you care enough to

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