How Couples Can Conquer Cancer Together

February 14, 2017 | by Dory Benford

The physical, mental and emotional impact of a cancer diagnosis can shake the foundation of even the most solid relationship, but by communicating openly, working together as a team and developing a new normal, the experience can actually bring couples closer than ever before.

Patrice and Eric are one such couple. Together, they persevered through Patrice’s battles with cancer and graft-versus-host disease (GVHD), and are stronger for it. 

Here, the happy couple gives us their best strategies for conquering cancer with humor, patience and love.


City of Hope has a variety of resources available to help support cancer patients and caregivers. For more information about our services, contact the Sheri & Les Biller Patient and Family Resource Center, or visit, an online community for anyone whose life has been touched by cancer.



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