Words to Say to Someone Who Has Been Diagnosed with Cancer

In today’s “Housecall for Health”, FOX’s Alex Hein reports on what to say to loved ones with suffering from cancer:

When a loved one or someone you know is diagnosed with cancer, it can be difficult to find the right words to say.

Prevention has come up with six things that you can say that can help offer some relief to a patient or caregiver struggling with the diagnosis:

  1. Instead of asking how to help, state the task you’ve decided to do. Like I’ll pick up the kids, or I’m dropping dinner off at 5 p.m.
  2. Know when to ooze optimism and know when to hear them out. Rather than say something generic, like it’s going to be okay, ask instead how they are doing and be responsive.
  3. Ask what the established boundaries are regarding questions you can and cannot ask.
  4. Let them know you’re thinking about them. One simple line that doesn’t always need a response.
  5. Share your good news too, but make sure it’s at the appropriate time. Don’t shy away from sharing your life with them.
  6. Nothing at all. Sometimes listening is all a person really wants.

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Housecall for Health, I’m Alex Hein, FOX News.

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