Thursday, July 26th, from 8–9pm ET, GRYT Health will be partnering with Progressive Diagnostics, as we discuss managing anxiety and depression during/after a cancer diagnosis.

Read these five quick statistics on the impact of cancer, mental health and persons affected by cancer. Then be a part of the conversation with licensed clinical psychologist, Kate and her colleague, Greg.

•25% of cancer survivors experience symptoms of depression and up to 45% experience anxiety.¹

•Many also experience symptoms meeting the criteria of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).²

•Cancer survivors who are depressed are twice as likely to die prematurely as those who are not depressed.³

•Psychological stress can promote a tumor’s growth and cause cancer to metastasize to other areas of the body.⁴

•Between a 3-year period (2010–13), 2.5 million cancer survivors nationwide (US) had used antidepressants. This equates to nearly 1 in 5 survivors taking medication for depression or anxiety years later.⁵

Meet the team from Progressive Diagnostics who will be leading this discussion:

Greg , the Director of Operations and Mental Health Initiatives at The Progressive Institute


“I have a master’s degree in psychology and have worked in various leading treatment settings in the Northeast, focusing my efforts on understanding and treating anxiety, depression and addiction. I am currently applying this understanding towards studying and developing a program aimed at preserving mental health and wellness in the cancer community. My wife and I are originally from Philadelphia, PA and moved to Connecticut to peruse our passions — teaching special education being hers and revolutionizing the mental health field being mine.

I find inspiration in the strength people discover within themselves when overcoming life’s challenges.”

Kate, the Clinical Director at The Progressive Institute


“I have a master’s degree in clinical therapy, with 20+ years’ experience in not for profit and community-based agencies, private practice, and mental health advocacy and prevention groups.I’ve come to understand that the cancer population stands to gain the most from proper mental health care, but that traditional cancer diagnosis and treatment fail the cancer community by not recognizing this need.

I believe we have the knowledge, determinations, and capability to change this paradigm by treating the whole person and not just the physical manifestations of the cancer.

I reside with my loving family in Connecticut and am enriched every day by my experiences with clients and their families.”

Progressive Diagnostics is currently in a research and development phase and will be hosting a series of these events throughout the remainder of the year. If anyone is interested in being included in future announcements and/or beta emails, please let us know by filling this form out.

Join the conversation by downloading the Stupid Cancer App (available for both iOS and Android) and entering the AppChat Discussion Chatroom. We’ll see you on the app, Thursday, July 26th, 8–9pm ET!

¹ National Cancer Institute, via Psychology Today article (https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/nurturing-self-compassion/201702/neglecting-mental-health-in-cancer-treatment-0)

²National Cancer Institute, via Psychology Today article (https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/nurturing-self-compassion/201702/neglecting-mental-health-in-cancer-treatment-0)

³Journal of the National Cancer Institute, https://academic.oup.com/jnci/article/106/1/djt446/2518142

National Cancer Institute (https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/coping/feelings/stress-fact-sheet)

Journal of Clinical Oncology, http://ascopubs.org/doi/full/10.1200/JCO.2016.67.7690