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TALKING ABOUT CANCER

Support to help you understand and talk about your diagnosis

Having a diagnosis of cancer can mean you learn and use lots of terms you haven’t heard of before. How your friends and family talk about cancer can be upsetting. You may want to find some words that you feel comfortable with and let them know what these are. Some people name their cancer something funny and this helps them manage the treatment and psychological impact of cancer. Please also ask your medical team to explain any terms you do not understand.

Sometimes, talking about having cancer can help you to understand what is happening to you and it can also help ensure you get the right help and support.

If you find talking about the physical and psychological impact of cancer difficult with your friends and family, there are lots of cancer support centres and groups as well as online forums where you can do this. Sometimes it’s easier to talk to people we don’t know than it is to people to whom we are closer too.