Pitfalls and Pleasures of Partnering Around Lung Cancer for Patients and Primary Caregivers

Midwest Lung Cancer Patient Summit Presentation:

Stacey Allen, LMFT, CCLS Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist Psycho-Oncology


Stacey M. Allen

Stacey has dedicated her professional life to working with individuals, couples, and families who have been affected by cancer both in her therapy practice at Healthwise Behavioral Health in Maple Grove, and in group support at Gilda’s Club Twin Cities. Stacey specializes in psychosocial oncology, medical issues, chronic illness, and relationships and she is devoted to helping adults, children, teens, and families through all forms of loss, including grief. Stacey provides assistance in managing anxiety and depression through psychoeducation, mindful awareness, self-calming strategies, and exploring the dynamic of important relationships. Stacey enjoys working with couples and whole families because she believes the entire system contributes to both happiness and chaos. Stacey has been active with Gilda’s Club Twin Cities which is a non-profit, cancer support clubhouse in Minnetonka. Seven years ago, when the clubhouse opened, Stacey was hired to facilitate supports groups for adults with cancer and has been doing so ever since.

This session will explore the difficulties and shy beauty of partnering through cancer. We will explore typical concerns that come between partners when one has cancer and the other is experiencing cancer in a highly significant, but very different way. We will explore communication strategies for both simple and very difficult topics. We will discuss some of the issues couples typically bring to therapy and ways partners can successfully navigate difficult thoughts and feelings and find strength in partnership. Time will be reserved for questions.