Being told that someone you care about has cancer is often a big shock. You may want to help but you don’t know how. You may think that there are things you should say or do that will make things easier for the person with cancer – if only you knew what they were.
You may have thoughts such as, ‘What if I say the wrong thing?’, ‘How do I talk to her?’ and ‘I don’t want to hurt him.’ Many people feel like this, even if they’re used to dealing with difficult issues.
This section offers ideas for how to talk about cancer and be a good listener, and practical ways to help your relative or friend.
If you have cancer yourself, visit our section on talking about your cancer.