Advanced cancer

Relationships and advanced cancer

Partners, family and friends can be a source of help and support when you’re coping with advanced cancer. But it’s common to find it upsetting to talk about your illness with them.

  • Relationships with people close to you

    You may find talking about your advanced cancer with people close to you difficult, but we have information which you may find helpful.

  • Preparing yourself

    Before talking to your children, you may need some time to cope with your own feelings about being told you will not recover from cancer.

  • Preparing a child for loss

    It can be very hard telling your children that you are not going to get better. Being honest with them can help them cope.

  • Getting support for you and your children

    There is lots of support available to help you prepare a child for loss.

  • Making a memory box

    Making a box filled with special things can help your children or other loved ones to remember times that you spent together.