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Talking About Cancer – What not to say: A recent article from the Daily Mail

Six women diagnosed with breast cancer were interviewed by a Psychology lecturer – Fiona Holland to find out what not to say to people with cancer.

Talking About Cancer

A brief summary of what not to say to people with cancer (from the Daily Mail) is below

  • Don’t tell them what to do, that you know of a good/better treatment and don’t turn into their doctor
  • Don’t get so upset that can’t be supportive
  • Don’t assume that they need help to do things
  • Don’t offer statistics that you have found on the web about their cancer
  • Don’t assume their whole life will change
  • Don’t assume that when they go back to work everything is back to how it was

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