Someone I know has cancer

If your friend, relative, colleague or neighbour has cancer, it can be hard to know what to do for the best. We can help you find the right words and give you some tips to help you, because nobody should have to face cancer alone.

Watch: Do something amazing today

Dropping round with some DVDS. Cooking an extra meal. Offering a lift. Sometimes the smallest things really can make the world of difference.

Watch: Do something amazing today

Dropping round with some DVDS. Cooking an extra meal. Offering a lift. Sometimes the smallest things really can make the world of difference.

  • Visit The Source

    The Source is a collection of simple, practical tips from people who've been there. You'll find lots of ideas to help you reach out.

  • Be a good listener

    There’s no magic phrase that is the ‘right’ thing to say. The important thing is that you're there and you listen. Stay in touch whether through a visit, phone call, card, letter or email.

  • Find ways you can help

    It helps to be specific when offering help. You could ask ‘shall I do the shopping?’ 'Would you like me to pick the children up from school?'

General information How to talk

If your partner, relative or friend has cancer, talking openly will help you understand their experience and build mutual trust.

General information Talking and listening

Talking and listening can help your loved one make sense of difficult experiences.