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Research shows the person you’re supporting benefits most when you are healthy and your life is balanced. With this in mind, supporters are encouraged to take time and care tending to their own health and spirit.

When someone we care about is diagnosed with cancer, we tend to focus our attention on their condition. We may feel sad, fearful or angry, all stemming from concern and uncertainty. As supporters, we may feel alone in our emotions, and discount our experience as relatively not important. Yet acknowledging the changes created in our lives and our relationships will better equip us in providing meaningful support.

One of the best ways to gain support as a supporter is to talk to others who share similar experiences. Open communication in a safe environment can help supporters feel stronger, more involved, and in more control of any challenges they may be facing. In this way, supporters can share resources and tips they’ve learned along the way.


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I'm israel o., and I support someone with cancer
Am Sancho Pedro base in united state of America, my wife was suffering from Breast Cancer and the doctor told me that there was nothing that he could do to save my beloved wife. Then a frien...
  • Sun Jan 17, 2016 · Like1
Hi, I'm Peggyz
Amber, You are right to be concerned about your health, and trying to understand what is causing these issues. It is great to rule out leukemia, but there are other problems that might be consider...
  • Sat Nov 14, 2015 · Like2
Hi, I'm Peggy H S.
Has anyone been diagnosed with stage 1 squamous cell breast cancer?
  • Thu Nov 12, 2015 ·
I'm Mark Spires, and I support someone with cancer
Have there been any new developments in the treatment of lymphoma?
  • Fri Sep 25, 2015 ·
I'm Alfonso A M., and I'm a survivor of Oropharyngeal Cancer
I have been on chemo for the last year, using Erbitux and the last few months carboplatin and 5FU each 3 weeks, it seems they did not help so I am going to start Cisplatin & Neulasta drugs this wee...
  • Sun Dec 20, 2015 · Like3
Hi, I'm Melanie S.
Yes, I have mild lymphedema that occurred after my mastectomy from having 18 lymph nodes removed. I had "cording" after surgery where a cord was very pronounced going all the way from under my arm ...
  • Sat May 31, 2014 · Like1
Updated Dec 28, 2012
One of my close friends is running in Bermuda in January of 2013 to find treatments for blood cancers. It's a 10k mile run, and if anyone can make a $5 or $10 donation, it will be much appriciated... more
Created Aug 13, 2012
Tips for friends and relatives on how they can support a loved one dealing with cancer. Written from the perspective of supporting a woman with cancer, some of the tips are also relevant for men.
Uploaded Jul 20, 2011
Finding out that someone you work with has cancer can be difficult. You may have many questions, both about cancer itself and about how you should talk and act around this person. You may wonder ho... more
Updated Jul 20, 2011
Family members often wonder what they can do when a loved one is diagnosed with cancer. Yet spending time with you, even without doing anything in particular, can already be a tremendous comfort to... more
Created Jun 27, 2011
Its fairly common to feel a loss of words when hearing a loved one has cancer. You may fear saying the wrong thing at the worst possible time, and yet the need to say something can weigh heavily on... more