Welcome to this week’s Mini Cancer Companion Podcast! This week, we’re discussing what NOT to say to cancer patients.

At 3 minutes and 42 seconds, it’s our quickest episode yet.

We surveyed 500+ community members to find out how they had been spoken to since being diagnosed. We asked about positive and negative comments; what was helpful and what wasn’t.

And even though we know discussing cancer isn’t always easy, the results of the survey still shocked us.


On this week’s episode:

  • We recap the worst comments from our survey – and figure out what not to say to cancer patients. You really won’t believe what some people have been told!  
  • Then we talk about how to avoid these statements – and give a few handy tips to help you navigate these conversations in future.
  • Last but not least, we revisit our interview with breast cancer patient Amanda Luke. Amanda talks about the importance of friends, family, and support throughout the cancer journey.


Background reading:

  • Then take a look at our Talking About Cancer survey results. Did you know that many cancer patients don’t like being told to “stay positive?” And most patients just want to have someone who will listen to them.
  • We’ve also compiled some helpful tips for talking about cancer. They’re especially useful if you’re struggling to find the right words to say to a cancer patient in your life.

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We’d love to know what you think!

Email Kylie at kylie@livebetterwith.com. Tweet us @LBWCancer. Join our Facebook page at facebook.com/livebetterwith.

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