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Dos and Don’ts: Helping a Friend Who Has Cancer

Do you have a friend with cancer and don’t know how to help? Here are some ground rules for offering support.

  • Do keep in touch with notes, cards, text messages, calls and emails.
  • Don’t drop by without calling first.
  • Do plan for short, more frequent visits rather than long get-togethers.
  • Don’t offer medical advice or insist they be strong.
  • Do listen without judgement.
  • Don’t overlook the caregiver. Helping him or her is just as beneficial as helping your friend.
  • Do make specific suggestions on how you can help, such as taking over yardwork, shopping for groceries or coordinating meal drop-offs.

The American Cancer Society offers programs and resources in every community to help make dealing with cancer a little easier. Visit and click “Support in Your Area” to find out what’s available.


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