Most cancer survivors say that they don’t know how they’d have got through without the support of family and friends. However, knowing how to talk to your friend or loved one about cancer isn’t always easy. As a supporter, you may feel inadequate or unsure of how to provide support.
"Talking to a friend with cancer" explains how talking and listening can help your loved one make sense of difficult experiences. And by doing small, practical things to help, you can make a big difference to that person's life.
The resource offers easy-to-read tips on what to say and do when someone you know has cancer. You don’t have to be a brilliant conversationalist. You don’t have to know all the answers, or even any of them. Just being there and listening to your friend is all that may be needed.
"Talking to a friend with cancer" is available on our website. You can also get a copy by phoning our Cancer Information Helpline 0800 CANCER (226 237), or by requesting one from your local Cancer Society.
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