August 9, 2022

The bravery of Olivia Newton-John in the face of the unimaginable

Olivia Newton-John, who played Sandy in 1978's "Grease," died of breast cancer at age 73 on Monday. This article features quotes from Dr. Michelle Riba.

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"Anybody would be distressed when having a diagnosis of cancer, but for a large portion of people with cancer, mild distress becomes moderate or severe and can impact their ability to lead a good life," says Dr. Michelle Riba, a professor of psychiatry and director of the psycho-oncology Program at the University of Michigan. "It really turns people around. Their jobs may need to change. They may not be able to make dinner or get their kids off to school."