Helpful Advice

Finding out you have cancer can be daunting and sparks many questions, not the least of which is, "what do I do now?” In this section we have some tips to help you, as well as your friends and family, begin this journey and the battle against this disease.

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First Steps
Before Surgery
After Surgery
Chemotherapy and Radiation
No Caregiver?
Planning for the Future

Dos and Don’ts for
Friends and Family

Cancer not only robs the body of physical strength but it can also drain the emotions of the person going through this battle. As a family member or friend, your job is to lend help, support and encouragement but there are times when you can try to help too much. Here are simple tips to keep in mind.

  • DO let the person know that you care about them and you’re here to help, when they need it.
  • DON’T show-up at their house unexpectedly.
  • DO offer to help with small errands and projects.
  • DON’T assume your loved one wants you to do specific tasks. Ask first.
  • DO send friendly or inspirational notes your loved one can read at home or during treatment.
  • DON’T be afraid to touch your loved one.
  • DO listen. Your loved one has a lot on their mind and will want to talk.
  • DON’T only talk about cancer.