Dr. Susan Domchek discusses how couples deal with breast cancer

October 8, 2009


When Jerry Koh’s wife, Anne, was diagnosed with breast cancer in the spring of 2008, he was slammed by a wave of feelings.

“It was, ‘Why is this happening to us? Why do we have to go through this?’ ” Koh told me. 

Most men have the same thoughts, but unlike many, Koh, 36, had a good idea of exactly what was about to happen to his wife — and to him — because he’s a Seattle-area physician, an internist.

“In one respect, that was harder for me because I could see all the potential things that could happen like chemo and radiation,” he said. So he knew what the treatments could do to the couple’s relationship, including their intimate life... Read More