9 Ways To Help A Loved One After A Cancer Diagnosis

If one of your family members or loved ones has been diagnosed with cancer, it can be difficult to know the best way to approach them. While you may want to discuss their treatment plan and outcomes, they may want to keep things as normal as possible, and not discuss their diagnosis.

Here are some tips from CancerCare.org for being as supportive as possible when a loved one is diagnosed with cancer:

1. Listen. 

This is often a challenge when a loved one faces a life-threatening diagnosis. Try to listen without judging and without “cheerleading.” Your ability to sit with your loved one as they share those feelings is probably one of the most significant contributions you can make to your loved one’s well-being.

2. Give advice only when you are asked.

Friends and loved ones often take on the task of researching the diagnosis, treatment options or clinical trials. This can be very helpful, as the information is often overwhelming. What is not helpful is saying, “You ought to try this” or “You should do that.” Instead, let your loved one know you’ve done research and allow your loved one to decide if they want to know more.