Talking about cancer

If someone has cancer

Get advice on talking to, listening to, and understanding someone who has cancer.

  • Talking and listening

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

  • How to be a good listener

    Following some simple rules of good listening will help you show empathy and support.

  • How to talk

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

  • Understanding what they may be facing

    Understanding what your friend or relative is facing will help you encourage them to talk.

  • What you can do to help

    Doing small, practical things to help can make a big difference to someone with cancer.

  • Looking after yourself

    Supporting a person with cancer can be both rewarding and demanding. Make sure you have the support you need.