To speak to a specialist cancer nurse,
freefone the National Cancer Helpline
1800 200 700
Mon—Thurs 9am—7pm Fri 9am—5pm
Talking about cancer is often easier said than done. It can be hard to make sense of what is happening to you and how you feel. Here we offer advice on how to talk to your family members and friends and provide some useful tips for communicating.
Your family and friends can support you through your cancer journey in different ways:
It may take some time to know which way suits you and your family or friend best.
Talking about your illness with your family or friends can be difficult at first. Most people with cancer find it awkward and embarrassing to discuss. You may also be afraid that you will cry. Do not worry about this, as crying often makes communication much easier. You might also feel that you are burdening them with your worries and concerns. But remember it is important to give your family and friends the chance to talk openly with you. Otherwise, they may worry that you are isolating yourself and feeling lonely. Tell them about what you need, because they will be eager to support you. Knowing that they are always ready to listen and give you help can be reassuring.
Hints and tips for communicating:
These booklets provide useful tips on how to talk about your feelings and where to find support.
Freephone 1800 200 700 to talk to a specialist cancer nurse
It's open Monday-Thursday from 9am to 7pm and Friday from 9am to 5pm
National Cancer Helpline
Freefone 1 800 200 700
Talk to a specialist nurse
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