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After the Diagnosis: 5 Tips to Help Your Loved One through Cancer

According to the National Cancer Institute, just over 1.7 million Americans are diagnosed with cancer every year. Even though cancer treatments are more effective than ever, being diagnosed with one of these diseases is going to bring an individual’s life to a grinding halt. Here is a look at five tips that you can use to help and support a loved one who has cancer. 

Suggest Getting a Second Opinion

Cancer can be a very complicated disease, and you need to be absolutely sure that your loved one has been properly diagnosed. You might want to suggest that they seek out a cancer screening center that specializes in personalized testing. Once the diagnosis has been confirmed, you can then help them come up with a comprehensive treatment plan. 

Be a Good Listener

There may come a point when your loved one would like your opinion on a certain matter, but you need to be a good listener as well. Simply letting them talk about their thoughts and concerns will allow them to work through their emotions. If you don’t live close to your loved one, then you should make an effort to call them at least a few times a week.

Offer Practical Help

For many people, asking for favors can be extremely uncomfortable, and that why you should be very specific when you offer assistance. Instead of asking them if they need any help, you might want to ask what they would like from the grocery store or what sounds good for dinner. You can also drop by their house to babysit their kids or do a few chores. 

Don’t Underestimate Thoughtful Gifts

Sending cards and flowers to your loved one is going to brighten their day and remind them that they aren’t alone. If your loved one doesn’t appreciate those types of gifts, then you should consider writing them a handwritten letter every week. Those small gestures can make a huge difference when an individual is going through a tough time.

Have Fun with Them

At some point, your loved one will need to take their mind off their disease, and you should be ready to make them smile. Heading to the movies, listening to their favorite album, or going out for a great meal are all great options if you aren’t sure what to do. You should also suggest group activities with all of their friends and loved ones.

Helping your loved one after a diagnosis won’t be easy, but your support is going to be invaluable through cancer testing, treatment, and recovery. You want your loved one to feel loved and cared for at all times as they battle their disease.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.

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