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Acrobat CancerCare's Tips: Speaking With Newly Diagnosed Patients (234 KB)

Studies show that people do better emotionally in a crisis when they have strong support from family members and friends. However, if one of your friends or loved ones has been diagnosed with cancer, you might be having a difficult time knowing what to say or how best to help.

CancerCare provides some tips for being as supportive as possible when a loved one is diagnosed with cancer.

cc caregiver tips.pdf
I'm SueGlader, and I survived Stage 2 Breast Cancer and wrote a children's book called Nowhere Hair

Of course, I would add the idea that we not only think of the patient, but also of the family around that patient. (Which, when you think of it, actually really benefits the patient!)

My two cents would be to consider the children. Make a point of integrating them into activities. Do they need a ride to school? To practice? Might they really enjoy coming with you to a movie with your kids? Or just coming over to your house and being a kid for a while?

And, if they are young (3-10) and trying to cope with a parent or grandparent going through chemo, consider this LIVESTRONG.ORG recommended book, Nowhere Hair ( A bald, beautiful, strong mama, a whimsical yet honest take on cancer coming home, and some great life messages all wrapped in a hardbacked children’s book. (Maybe more important to the family than that baked lassagne you’re considering …)

  • Mon May 9, 2011