Talking about cancer

If someone has cancer

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

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    The benefits of talking

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

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    How to be a good listener

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

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    Keeping in touch

    There are lots of ways you can keep in touch with your loved one.

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    Things to avoid saying

    Understanding things that might be unhelpful to say can make you more confident about talking with someone who has cancer.

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    What your friend or relative may be facing

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

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    What you can do to help

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

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    Coping with difficult emotions

    People with cancer may have many emotions including sadness, fear and anger.

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    Looking after yourself

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