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 reach out to them, 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.

  • 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?'

  • Talking about cancer at work

    It may be difficult for your employee to talk about their diagnosis, but open communication may make it easier for you to support them.