My Friends Cancer

Articles To Help You Help Your Friend:  Written by people who have experienced cancer first hand.

Cancer patients, carers, family, friends, loved ones, and survivors have contributed to give their hints and advice for ways that you can support your friend with cancer.  If you would like to post here please see our guidelines for article submission.

Don’t Say It With Flowers: Why You Shouldn

Don’t Say It With Flowers: Why You Shouldn’t Buy Flowers For Chemotherapy Patients

Have you ever thought about buying flowers for chemotherapy patients? Flowers can convey powerful messages like love, regret, sorrow without the need for words or just become a treat for your freshly cleaned room and your Instagram feed. As a universal means of communication, offering flowers for chemotherapy patients might seem like a good idea. Well, […]

Luisa Robbez-Masson

Dr Luisa Robbez-Masson was awarded a PhD from Barts Cancer Institute (Queen Mary University) for studying the role of DNA polymorphism in the FGFR2 genes in relation to the risk of Breast Cancer. She currently works as the Science Editor for Cancer Care Parcel.

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How Cancer Brought About A Smile: By Brenda Burling

How Cancer Brought About A Smile: By Brenda Burling

When asked to write for Cancer Care Parcel’s “Talking About Cancer Pages” it was only then I paused and reflected on the last couple of years. Having had family members and friends affected by cancer in its various forms I had seen the effects it had on all it touched. It was only when a […]

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Eight Ways to Support a Friend with Cancer: Tips For You

Eight Ways to Support a Friend with Cancer: Tips For You & Your Friend

Your friend has been told they have cancer.  They may be feeling fear, sadness, anger, anxiety, depression and stress amongst other things.  They could be facing many challenges, practical and emotional and will need care, help and support.  Here are eight ways you can support a friend with cancer.   Ask permission before visiting, calling, […]

Natalie Murphy

Natalie Murphy is one of Cancer Care Parcels authorised contributors.

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Understanding Chemotherapy Nausea Control: What You Can Do To Help

Understanding Chemotherapy Nausea Control: What You Can Do To Help

Unfortunately, certain chemotherapy drugs can sometimes cause chemotherapy nausea and vomiting.  But as this is well documented there are many solutions to relieve these symptoms. Drugs From Your Doctor Your doctor can prescribe drugs which can prevent, lessen, or relieve the chemotherapy nausea and vomiting which may be associated with therapy.  Drugs won’t always prescribe […]

Dr Shara Cohen

Dr Cohen started her working life as a research scientist and lecturer with over 100 peer-reviewed scientific publications.

She followed a classical scientific career until she left mainstream science in 2000 (which coincided with the birth of her first daughter) to establish the Life Science Communications company, Euroscicon Ltd.

Euroscicon Ltd was her first company (which she sold in 2016).

In 2013 she was diagnosed with Cancer and set up Cancer Care Parcel

She also works with and establishes businesses and charities which benefit local, national and international communities via her company – The Pein Consultancy Ltd

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Recognising Emotions Associated With Your Friend’s Cancer

Recognising Emotions Associated With Your Friend’s Cancer

Recognising normal emotions that you may feel associated with your friend’s cancer is important Acknowledge if you have any of these emotions and talk to someone about them if that helps.    Examples Guilt because you don’t have cancer because you feel in some way responsible because you feel as though you are not doing […]

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Appropriate Breast Cancer Gifts for Women

Appropriate Breast Cancer Gifts for Women

Appropriate breast cancer gifts are hard to find. Not everyone with breast cancer has surgery, radiotherapy or chemotherapy. It is also a common assumption that only women get breast cancer.  However, men can get it too (which is why we decided to put women in our title).  We will have another article about male breast […]

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Suggestions For An Optimal Cancer Diet: Hoaxes and Myths Not Discussed

Suggestions For An Optimal Cancer Diet: Hoaxes and Myths Not Discussed

There are often stories in the media about certain foods or nutrients in the cancer diet that will increase the risk of cancer decrease the risk of cancer feed cancer cure cancer It is beyond the scope of this article to discuss fads, hoaxes, current research or scientific evidence.  Except to say the obvious, that […]

Dr Shara Cohen

Dr Cohen started her working life as a research scientist and lecturer with over 100 peer-reviewed scientific publications.

She followed a classical scientific career until she left mainstream science in 2000 (which coincided with the birth of her first daughter) to establish the Life Science Communications company, Euroscicon Ltd.

Euroscicon Ltd was her first company (which she sold in 2016).

In 2013 she was diagnosed with Cancer and set up Cancer Care Parcel

She also works with and establishes businesses and charities which benefit local, national and international communities via her company – The Pein Consultancy Ltd

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How To Talk To A Person With Cancer: What To Say And  Not To Say

How To Talk To A Person With Cancer: What To Say And Not To Say

It’s not always easy to know how to talk to someone with cancer and the most important thing is to listen. In this article, we highlight some issues that you may find useful, but it is always the case that if they don’t feel like talking, let them know that’s OK, too, there is no […]

Dr Shara Cohen

Dr Cohen started her working life as a research scientist and lecturer with over 100 peer-reviewed scientific publications.

She followed a classical scientific career until she left mainstream science in 2000 (which coincided with the birth of her first daughter) to establish the Life Science Communications company, Euroscicon Ltd.

Euroscicon Ltd was her first company (which she sold in 2016).

In 2013 she was diagnosed with Cancer and set up Cancer Care Parcel

She also works with and establishes businesses and charities which benefit local, national and international communities via her company – The Pein Consultancy Ltd

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Practical suggestions for helping a friend with cancer

Practical suggestions for helping a friend with cancer

When helping a friend with cancer it’s important to remember that there are no set rules and every friendship is different. Be sure to think about your unique relationship and let that guide you. Helping a friend with cancer starts with you Before focussing on your friend it could be useful to process your feelings. […]

Dr Shara Cohen

Dr Cohen started her working life as a research scientist and lecturer with over 100 peer-reviewed scientific publications.

She followed a classical scientific career until she left mainstream science in 2000 (which coincided with the birth of her first daughter) to establish the Life Science Communications company, Euroscicon Ltd.

Euroscicon Ltd was her first company (which she sold in 2016).

In 2013 she was diagnosed with Cancer and set up Cancer Care Parcel

She also works with and establishes businesses and charities which benefit local, national and international communities via her company – The Pein Consultancy Ltd

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What to give a woman with cancer?  Hugs, gifts and a lot more discussed.

What to give a woman with cancer? Hugs, gifts and a lot more discussed.

A woman with cancer is different. Her type of cancer, personality and support network are all unique, so what you give her should be too. Basically, just because you know a woman with cancer doesn’t mean you need to go out and buy her a hat or scarf for when her hair falls out, or […]

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