Although you may not be the primary caregiver for a cancer patient, you may still be grappling with your own emotions and feelings after your friend or colleague has been diagnosed with cancer. As a friend to someone who is battling cancer, you can make a considerable difference in their life and offer much needed emotional support. Studies have found that patients with a strong emotional support system are able to adapt better to the changes that cancer brings their way.
There are many ways to help a friend who has been diagnosed with cancer and is under treatment. If you are not sure where to begin, here are a few things you can try. Remember that every patient is different and may have different mechanisms to cope with their diagnosis and illness. Think deeply about the kind of support your friend may like to receive from you.
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