Cancer can be difficult for the families and friends involved, but especially for the cancer patient. Watching a loved-one fight cancer can be frustrating, disheartening, and emotionally draining. Through the battle of breast cancer, the best thing you can do to help fight it is offering your support. Our teat at Rosetta Radiology has three tips that will help you and your loved one fight cancer and stay strong.
The best place to start would be education.
There are countless resources you can turn to including the library, the American Cancer Society and doctors’ offices.
Learning more about the disease will give you a better idea about what your loved one is going through on a daily basis. It can be frightening seeing a loved one feeling weak or in pain. Having some information about their treatment will better prepare you for what to expect.
Gaining information will also help you support your friend during doctor visits. Your friend is probably scared and has enough on their mind as it is. If you already know information before you go, you can help your friend ask questions and understand what the doctor is telling them.
Listen to them when they want to talk.
Many patients who have been diagnosed with cancer can feel very lonely because people just don’t know what to say. It is important to remember that you can’t say anything to make breast cancer go away. What you can do is listen as they talk, vent, cry or laugh. When you must respond and don’t know how, just say “I don’t know what to say, but I appreciate you opening up to me like this.”
Treat them like a friend, not like someone with cancer.
When a person is diagnosed with breast cancer, their diagnosis does not become their identity. The memories you have shared do not go away and neither does their intelligence, humor or wit. Keep telling your inside jokes and calling to just say hello.
While these tips may help, just being there to support your friend during this hard time can make the world of a difference. You can help them fight breast cancer by learning more about the disease and being a friend to your loved one during their battle. If you or a loved one is looking for an outpatient center to help you fight cancer, our team at Rosetta Radiology offers oncology services and personal support.