Before you finish reading this post, someone with cancer would have died. And it’s not even a long post; yes, cancer is that mean. And in the time it’ll take you to read this, three people will find out they have cancer.
There are so many types of cancer that you have to consult a list to say them all. There’s oral cancer, skin cancer, breast cancer, cancer of the brain, ovarian cancer, cervical cancer, bladder cancer, small intestinal cancer, testicular cancer, leukemia etc. It runs like the cast of an epic movie, you leave before the end.
Now, how do you care for someone with cancer? Talking to them could be awkward as one wrong word could do a lot of damage to the patient. It is important to know what to say to someone with cancer.
The disease is delicate, survival is unsure, the clock ticks in the background. We have compiled some of the most suitable things you could say to someone with cancer. Words are powerful and good words rate just a little lower than the touch that heals.
What to say to Someone with Cancer
1. I am here for you. Call me if you need anything.
2. I am thinking of you.
3. I don’t know what to say, but I am here for you.
4. I am here to listen to you. You can talk to me. About anything.
5. You are always in my prayers.
6. I like to think that the word “can” is part of the word cancer so that people will focus on what they can do instead of what they cancer can do to them.
7. heard what happened and I want to tell you I was hoping I’d see you because I want you to know I will be there for you.
8. I will be at the grocery store later this week. Is there anything you might want me to get for you?
9. What is the worst part of this for you and how can I help make that a bit easier for you?
10. I know someone who had this type of cancer a few years back. He’s fine now; you will be fine. Believe me.
11. We’re in this together. I want you to believe we can win this battle. Yes, together we can.
12. I can’t claim to know exactly how you are feeling. I can’t even imagine how it feels. But I appreciate the extent of the situation and I am here when you need me.
13. How are you? I hope you don’t mind if I take the kids out. My children would love to play with them.
14. Do not write me a thank you note for this. Do not feel the need to answer this email. Do not feel the need to call me back.
15. How is it affecting your day-to-day life and what part of that can I help you with?
16. I don’t anything about what chemotherapy means. Would you mind telling me about it, and what it means for you?
17. I went to the baseball game today. Oh, how I missed your company!
18. Do you just want me to listen or do you want my advice?
19. Hope you are having a good day today.
20. I’m glad you have true friends who are sticking by you at this time.
21. Call me the Monday fairy. I will come here every Monday morning and clean your house, change linen and then take you out for lunch if I feel up to it. And generally, run any errands for you.
22. I wish you many good days to come and want to let you know your illness is our thoughts and prayers every day.
23. We’ll get through this together. No, you’re not facing cancer alone.
24. Cancer doesn’t know whom it has come up against. Show it hell, John.
25. Never never never give up.
26. I honestly don’t know what to say. I love you.
27. You’re strong. You can do this. I trust you.
28. What are you thinking about? You can talk to me.
29. Just wanted to let you know how much I care about you.
30. Just wanted to let you know I’m proud to call you my friend. You’ve got this greatness around you. You can get through this.
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31. I hope things get easier for you soon.
32. You have been a great friend to me and helped me through some really rough times. I’m going to be here for you the way you always have been for me.
33. I found this support group that might be helpful.
34. Did you see the game last night?
35. You look great.
36. What is the worst part of this for you and how can I help make that a bit easier for you?
37. Did you hear about James’ book launch?
38. I’m wishing for you to have a smile on your face because you have put a smile on my face so many times in the past.
39. Don’t let cancer take anything from you that you don’t want it to.
40. My hope for you is that you’ll be as well as you can possibly be.
41. You are a source of inspiration to me even as you face this challenge.
42. The only thing I know more stubborn than cancer is you. It’s one of your best qualities, and it’s your secret weapon.
43. Laughter is good for the immune system. Maybe that’s why there’s nothing funny about cancer. Keep laughing anyway.
44. May I hug you?
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45. If cancer had a butt, I’d tell you to kick it!
46. People will give you advice. Some may be good, some may be bad. It’s your choice whether to take it or not. Do what you think is right. Oops! Ignore this advice.
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47. Oh boy, you are more cancerous than cancer, if cancer sees your face, it would die of cancer. Sit up and show cancer your face.
48. No one had ever canned cancer because cancer has always played it wise. Now cancer has made a mistake. Can it bro, can it.
49. If cancer keeps threatening you, show it fire and fury, the like that this world has never seen before.
50. I hope you know that just because you have cancer doesn’t mean I’m going to treat you any differently. I’ll still be giving you a hard time. Watch it.
And, sometimes, say nothing. Yes, sometimes they just need you to be there. Your presence counts a lot. Guage the atmosphere and know when not to shoot when holding down would have been enough. You need to know the patient well enough to tell what can please them and what might piss them off.
Note: The images used in this post are for illustration purposes only; the persons in it are NOT cancer patients.