Finding out that a close friend or family member has cancer can be incredibly unnerving. You may experience a range of strong emotions such as shock, guilt, sadness, anxiety, and even anger. These emotions can make it hard to know what to do to help your loved one feel supported.
Unsure of how to interact with your friend or family member, you may be tempted to withdraw from them. But they need you now more than ever before. Countless studies indicate that social support is correlated with positive treatment outcomes for cancer patients. It also improves their quality of life and mental health.
In this blog, we discuss how you can help and encourage your loved one with cancer. Of course, these are merely suggestions. You should always tailor your support based on the relationship you have with your friend or family member.