Six Ways to Support a Friend with Cancer

Every year in the United States, 1.7 million Americans hear these terrible words: “You have cancer.”


Every year in the United States, 1.7 million Americans hear these terrible words: “You have cancer.”

Thankfully, improved primary care and biomedical advances mean there are about 14 to 15 million cancer survivors in the U.S. today — people who have been diagnosed with cancer, battled it, and are winning the war.

You probably know someone who has been diagnosed with cancer. Maybe it’s a friend, work colleague, relative or acquaintance. Sometimes it can be hard to know what to do, how to express your support, or whether you should say anything at all.

In this important and helpful episode, Leslie shares six simple ways — from small acts of kindness to taking on specific roles — that you can support a friend who is dealing with a cancer diagnosis.

The Six Steps in Brief

  1. Be a good listener
  2. Give support without expectations
  3. Offer specific help
  4. Give the principal caregiver a break
  5. Volunteer to do research
  6. Help organize family and friends

Episode Credits

  • Music is by PremiumBeat
  • The No-Mistake Zone with Leslie Michelson is produced by Lisa Sweetingham
  • Post-Production is by Shelli Gonshorowski and Sarah Lebowitz

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