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When someone close to your heart tells you they have cancer, you may feel at a loss for words. Even though you want to be there for your friend, it is difficult to know what to say or how to lend a helping hand.
The most important thing you can do for your friend is listen. A recent American Cancer Society study showed that cancer survivors with emotional support adjust better to changes cancer brings to their lives, have more of a positive outlook and report a better quality of life.
You can support your friend in other ways, by:
If your friend is out of state, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network offers some great ways you can be there even when you are miles away, including:
Don’t forget to reach out to your friend’s caregiver to make sure they have all the support they need too.
What are ways you have helped a friend in need? Tell us in the below comments.
Learn more about cancer support services at Edward-Elmhurst Health.
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