Cancer: Make or Break for Many Marriages

Oct 3, 2023

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. As cancer care organizations prepare to focus attention on this devastating disease, it’s important to consider one of the often-unspoken aspects of cancer’s impact: the fallout on marriages.

Cancer changes relational dynamics.

Decision makers in the marriage will need help with choosing the best path forward. Helpers now find themselves needing help. Cancer brings challenges to intimacy, body image, emotional well-being and sense of self.

Some spouses find these challenges too much, and may leave the marriage, heaping more devastation on the cancer patient. How can cancer caregivers help patients and their spouses with these sensitive and very personal topics? How can faith be a key?

Rev. Percy McCray, National Director of Specialized Outreach for City of Hope, one of America’s top cancer research and cancer care organizations, can speak to these matters as a professional who has served hundreds of patients with a cancer diagnosis.

He can also share what it was like for him as a patient walking through the challenges he and his wife, Anita, faced when he battled prostate cancer.


To schedule an interview with Percy, email Clem Boyd, Director of Public Relations, at or email or text him at 724.930.4003.

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