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Comforting a loved one with cancer
9 Things to Say to Someone with Cancer

By: Jennifer Jasutis

Hearing the words “you have cancer” is a scary experience for anyone and is likely to turn a person’s world upside down. If a loved one has recently received a cancer diagnosis, you may be struggling to find the right words to say to comfort them. Though you may not understand exactly what your friend or loved one is feeling, you can certainly serve as a source of support to them in a trying time.

Knowing what to say to someone who has cancer is not easy. Keep in mind that this diagnosis is new territory for your friend too. There are many unknowns and unfamiliar emotions that surface as a patient navigates this new world. Keep the following in mind as you consider how to communicate:

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Caregivers, whether they are a spouse or friend, can find themselves in a “cloak of invisibility” as they lose touch with their identity. At the end of a long day, they may be weary, overburdened, or overwhelmed. As a result, they may start to feel alone with such a huge weight of responsibility on their shoulders.
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