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.



  • because you don’t have cancer
  • because you feel in some way responsible
  • because you feel as though you are not doing enough


  • about how your friend will cope
  • about how you will cope


  • because of the injustice of cancer


  • of what the future will hold


  • because your friend life will change
  • because your life will change

These emotions usually should not be shared with your friend who has cancer

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Further Reading

How to talk to a person with cancer

Cancer Gifts To Show You Care

Practical suggestions for helping a friend with cancer

Helping a friend with cancer: What you need to know

Thoughtful and Appropriate Cancer Gift Packages

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