Originally published April 10, 2013 at 11:12 a.m., updated April 10, 2013 at 2:24 p.m.
Wayne Beach is a professor in the Department of Communication at San Diego State University. His research is the basis for "The Cancer Play."
Bill Damkoehler is an actor who plays the father in "The Cancer Play"
Brian Bielawski is an actor who plays the son in "The Cancer Play"
The Cancer Play
"The Cancer Play" is free and open to the public.
Theatrical performances will be held at San Diego Lyceum Theater on April 12 and 13 at 7:30 p.m. and April 14 at 2 p.m.
Reservations are required, call 619-410-5061
If we were to conduct a survey about which word in the English language causes the most immediate fear and panic, the word "cancer" could very well top the list.
Even with medical advances and increases in survival rates, cancer remains a dreaded diagnosis and a life-changing experience.
San Diego State University professor of communication Wayne Beach has spent years researching how people speak about cancer and how they communicate with friends and family about their illness.