Michele Francis, Caring.com Expert


Michele Francis is a clinical social worker at the University of California, San Francisco, Comprehensive Cancer Center.


Recently Published on Caring.com

How can I overcome my father's refusal to ask for help with his cancer care? — Sep 12, 2007
Such secretiveness is not at all uncommon, and it's almost always a generational issue. Your father grew up in a very different era: 50 years ago, there was a great deal of...
My mother has been depressed since her cancer diagnosis; how can I persuade her to see a therapist? — Sep 06, 2007
Many cancer patients resist seeking help for depression. Just the word therapist or psychologist has a negative meaning for them. Your mother may feel that her problems &qu...
Since her cancer diagnosis, my mother has seemed very depressed. Does she need professional help? — Sep 06, 2007
Living with cancer is one of the most stressful and destabilizing things that can happen to someone, and depression, mood swings, anger -- even serious mental illness -- ar...
How can I get my parent to eat without nagging? — Aug 27, 2007
The short answer is that in this situation there's only so much you can do. As caregivers, we see food as love. And when the person we're caring for is losing weight, in ou...