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How to Support Someone Diagnosed with Cancer 

If someone you know has cancer, you’re probably wondering what you can do to help. Getting a cancer diagnosis can lead to feelings of distress and anxiety, so your family member or friend will certainly need your support. But how can you support someone diagnosed with cancer? 

At Cochise Oncology, we know how much cancer patients appreciate expressions of support, and that’s why our team encourages loved ones and friends to show them kindness and compassion.    

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How to Support Someone Diagnosed with Cancer 

When it comes to supporting someone diagnosed with cancer, it’s essential to let them know how much you care and that you are ready to help them in any way. Also, take the time to understand the diagnosis so you can better comprehend the situation and know what to expect


Simply fill out the form on this page to request an appointment and one of our knowledgable team members will reach out to you. Or call our Sierra Vista oncology center to schedule directly at (520) 803-6644.

Helpful Tips For Supporting Someone With Cancer

  1. Be ready to encourage. Simply being present is often the best way to support someone with cancer. This may involve listening to them as they vent feelings of fear, anger, and frustration or reassuring and motivating them. Look to them for cues on what they would like you to do and just be there. 
  2. Assist with daily chores. Helping out with immediate needs like washing laundry, grocery shopping, mowing the lawn, or walking the dog can also be helpful. They are sure to appreciate your help with the tasks that keep the household going. 
  3. Give their primary caregiver a break. Caring for someone with cancer can be challenging, so helping out with appointments and other tasks will ease caregiver stress and prevent burnout. Caregivers need time to rest and relax so that they can provide optimal care.    
  4. Keep in touch. Your family member or friend may not always be up for a visit or talking on the phone, but you can keep in touch by sending a text message, email, or gift to let them know you are thinking of them.
  5. Laugh with them. Take time out to laugh and be funny because laughter helps to relieve stress and boost mood. It’s also helpful to engage in light conversation about the things they enjoy. 

However you decide to show your support for someone with cancer, be assured that they will be deeply grateful for your encouragement and kindness.


*Individual Results May Vary


At Cochise Oncology, we know optimal cancer treatment places the patient first – and our patients experience this every day. Read what our satisfied patients are saying about their experiences at Cochise Oncology.

Take the Next Step

Does someone you know need compassionate cancer care? Reach out to Cochise Oncology at (520) 803-6644 or fill out the consultation form on this page. We look forward to meeting you!


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