Issels Integrative Oncology - individualized immunotherapy for over 60 years
November 13, 2014

Ilse Marie Issels, wife of Dr. Joseph IsselsDear Friend,

Being diagnosed with cancer is no longer a "death sentence". Many patients are able to put their cancer into remission or to embrace a quality of life that helps to achieve balance in treating their disease and living healthfully.

This newsletter article will get you thinking about the ways you can garner self-support while sharing your diagnosis with others close to you when you are ready.

To find out additional information about Issels and our cancer treatment programs, I invite you to visit our website to read more.

Best Regards,
Ilse Marie Issels
Ilse Marie Issels
Wife and Collaborator of Dr. Josef Issels, Our Founder



Tips for Telling Your Family You Have Received a Diagnosis of Cancer

Discussing cancer with your family is akin to walking in an emotional mine field.

Ilse Marie Issels, wife of Dr. Joseph IsselsOnce you make it known you have been diagnosed with cancer, you must be prepared to navigate carefully in response to different reactions.

What to Do

Take time to come to terms with how you feel. If you're angry and afraid, that's okay. Don't hold it in. It's important to have someone you trust to talk to that will listen and be supportive.

Don't attempt to go through it alone. Decide who you will tell, first, and how much information you want to initially share. The news will have a decided effect and those you tell may not react in the same way. You'll need to be prepared, as best as possible, for addressing the topic with each individual.

Discussing your condition, within your comfort zone, is beneficial. By talking about it, you can move forward with a plan of action.

Don't be afraid to let people know the limits within which you're willing to discuss your condition. Repeating the same information over and over can become tiring and emotionally draining for you. Delegate a friend or family member to relay the news to others.

While you may not want to talk to your closest family members, it's important that you talk to someone. If you're not ready to let your family know of your condition, join a cancer support group where you can discuss your feelings, ask questions, and get advice from others.

Keep your daily routine as near normal as possible and encourage and support your family in doing the same.

Contact Issels Integrative Oncology Centers for any questions or information about available treatments.

We invite you to talk further about your individual case with one of our patient care specialists today about how the Issels immunobiologic core treatment program may be the right choice for your health needs. We invite you to phone 1-888-447-7357 or visit us online at