Stan Goldberg, PhD

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I’m Stan Goldberg, PhD and Professor Emeritus in Communicative Disorders at San Francisco State University. My latest book, Loving, Supporting, and Caring for the Cancer Patient, has been called "a must read" for anyone who has a loved one or friend coping with cancer.

After retiring, I learned I had prostate cancer and decided to confront my mortality by becoming a bedside hospice volunteer and caregiver counselor.

This new path resulted in serving the needs of the dying for eight years and inspired two internationally award winning books:

Lessons for the Living: Stories of Forgiveness, Gratitude,and Courage at the End of Life
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Leaning into Sharp Points: Practical Guidance and Nurturing Support for Caregivers
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A third book on understanding the world of someone living with cancer is available on Kindle.

I Have Cancer: 48 Things to Do When You Hear Those Words

On my website,, you will find more than 200 articles that deal with the sharper points of life from caregiving, aging, cancer, chronic illness, Alzheimer's and end of life issues.




Being a communications counselor, a teacher, researcher, and then later a volunteer and cancer patient myself, my writing and workshops are grounded in my experiential knowledge; they resonate especially with individuals grappling with obstacles and adversities - the "sharp points"- of life. 

My writing is neither theoretical nor “preachy", my books take on one main topic at a time and provide specific practical suggestions for aging, chronic illness, cancer, Alzheimer's, dementia, and change; Not just on WHAT can be said and done but HOW to be effective while leaning into those particular “sharp points." 


I received my bachelor's degree in philosophy, master's in political theory, and doctorate in speech-language pathology. All degrees were awarded from the University of Pittsburgh.

A Word From Stan Goldberg, PhD

Caregiving is one of the most difficult activities anyone can do. I'll hope you'll find my articles useful. They focus more the HOW of caregiving, rather than the WHAT. If there's a topic you would like me to cover please email me at I look forward to your suggestions 

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