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Helpful Hints

How friends and family can help. . . when a loved one has breast cancer.

WHAT TO EXPECT:
Shock of diagnosis of a life-threatening disease
Confusion with choices of surgery and treatment
Concerns about self-image due to surgery and treatment
Worry about reactions of friends and family members
Fear and uncertainty about the future


DO:

Listen
Offer specific help with household chores, meals, transportation, child care, etc.
Take cues from the person
Let feelings be expressed
Expect mood changes
Be there


D
ON'T:
Tell the person what to do
Avoid the person
Share horror stories
Be afraid of the person's sadness ... it's normal.

 

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Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer
Hotline & Support Program

All services are free and confidential.