Partners, family and friends are an important source of help and support when you are coping with advanced cancer. But it is common to find it upsetting or painful to talk about your illness with those close to you. Your family and friends may not be sure how much you want to talk about your illness and treatment. They may be waiting for you to bring up the subject.
When someone has a serious illness, many people are unsure how to respond. Some may try to avoid you rather than risk saying the wrong thing. Some people may avoid discussing your illness or may seem unsympathetic. We have information for family and friends, to help them feel more confident in supporting you.