What to say to someone with breast cancer:
What not to say to someone with breast cancer:
Don’t get upset and expect the cancer patient to support you.
Don’t look into the cancer details and talk to her about them – she may be trying to avoid anything like that.
Don’t assume that she no longer wants to see friends/go out for lunch and coffee/socialise. Of course she still wants to do all these things.
Don’t ignore her.
How to help someone with cancer: Zen Psychiatry ANYONE WITH A FRIEND OR LOVED ONE GOING THROUGH BREAST CANCER SHOULD READ THIS.
Macmillan: Advice on talking to, listening to, and understanding someone who has cancer.
Breast Cancer Now has a booklet for partners of someone diagnosed with breast cancer which you can download or order here.
The information and content provided in this page is intended for information and educational purposes only and is not intended to substitute for professional medical advice.
Reviewed August 2021
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