What to Say (or Not to Say) to Someone with Cancer

In an effort to make things easier for people to talk to someone with cancer, here are a few things to keep in mind. We are still people, we are not our cancer. We have heard some things, which although not intentional, can be hurtful, particularly when someone is in the throes of diagnosis and treatment. Here’s a link to a video of some of these examples.

Examples of Things We’ve Heard

So what to say instead? Remember to provide support and comfort rather than raising concerns and worries. Here’s a link to more details on the importance of providing comfort.

Comfort In – Dump Out Concept

Please say something. Don’t avoid us or ignore us because cancer makes you feel uncomfortable. If talking about cancer makes you uneasy, talk about something else. Sometimes we don’t feel like talking about cancer either.

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