Paul has provided many keynotes to cancer patients and their families—usually as part of National Cancer Survivors Day celebrations—as well as to nurses and physicians working in oncology settings. His keynotes are always entertaining and fun and get the audience actively involved—and are guaranteed to get you laughing. But they are substantive, as well. The substantive portion of the program focuses on how humor helps get through the difficult days going through cancer treatments and learning to live with cancer from this point onwards in one’s life.
Patients with a new diagnosis of cancer are cautioned to not use humor to hide from the difficult negative emotions that accompany such a diagnosis (this is not adaptive). Once acceptance of the disease has occurred, humor is shown to be an effective tool in coping and sustaining a positive, upbeat, optimistic mood in one’s life.
Paul has written multiple articles for Coping Magazine focusing on using humor to cope with cancer.
Paul generally does not do workshops as part of his Cancer Survivors Day presentation, since hospitals organizing this special day do not include time for a workshop. He does, however, draw brief attention during his keynote to his 7 Humor Habits Program for those who do want to boost their skills at using humor to cope.
Partial Client List
Allentown Hospital (PA)
Binghampton Hospital (NY)
Cancer Therapy & Research Center (TX)
Children’s National Medical Center (DC)
Danbury Hospital (CT)
Henry Ford Health System (MI)
Hinsdale Hospital (Il)
Hunterdon Medical Center (NJ)
John Bryan Cancer Center (IN)
Life with Cancer (VA)
Mountainside Hospital (NJ)
Mt. Clemens General Hospital (MI)
Nanticoke Memorial Hospital (DE)
Orlando Cancer Center (FL)
Overlook Hospital (NJ)
Riddle Hospital (PA)
Sisters of Charity Healthcare (NY)
Supportive Care (TX)