Eight Ways to Respond to ‘How Can I Help?’ When You Have Cancer

Hearing those four words may sometimes seem overwhelming, leaving some cancer patients not knowing what to say.

Judith L. has received treatment at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) for stage 4 breast cancer. She’s a retired teacher of 30 years and serves on the CTCA® patient advisory council. Judith shares her creative solutions on where loved ones can lend a hand when navigating a cancer diagnosis.

  1. Put your pride aside and accept the help. Yes, this one may be more of a mental reminder, but it’s still important to reiterate. When someone offers to bring over a homemade dinner or walk your pets, it’s OK to say yes. Remember: People want to help. They just don’t know what you need.
  2. Note taking (and another set of ears). Whether it’s a diagnostic appointment or physical therapy, you may need help absorbing new information. A great way a loved one may be able to help is by attending appointments with you, asking questions and jotting down notes.

Read more tips here from Judith L. and the experts at Cancer Treatment Centers of America.

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