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How can I help people with cancer?

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Last Updated: 07/17/2018 at 2:15pm
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Top Rated Answers
September 10th, 2015 9:58pm
People with cancer mostly don't need you sympathy, they usually want you to make them feel as if they were not sick at all .. as if they were equal with any human being. so the worst thing you may do is reminding them of their illness .
September 12th, 2015 2:33am
I think it's important to remember that you can't sugarcoat things or make promises. Let them know, whoever they may be, that you are there for them and that they definitely aren't alone. People like to be heard and acknowledged, so try not to treat them any differently or avoid a subject because you think it would be weird :)
September 13th, 2015 12:31am
By directing them to doctors with correct, good medicine that does not cause side effects or complications.
September 13th, 2015 3:29pm
You could help by donating to various charities that research cancer or charities that help cancer patients live their lives to the fullest. If your friend or family has cancer it's important to let them know you are there to support them and that you love them.
September 16th, 2015 4:36pm
Sometimes just little stuff helps. Make sure their pets have food and water.One less stress for them
September 17th, 2015 3:02am
Remind her to visit doctor/hospital, give mental support , and Cancer patients need to conserve their strength, and daily life contains so many chores that must be one, . You can help out by shouldering some of your loved one's daily responsibilities: Walk her dog, refill her prescriptions, or pick up her kids after school.
September 17th, 2015 12:24pm
Support. Any kind of patient needs a strong support system. Be there for them. IT helps a patient recover faster when they have someone standing behind them. Remember that they are humans with names and families also. Not just people with cancer or patient number 5.
September 17th, 2015 11:28pm
One way to help people with cancer, is just to be close to them. If they are a loved one, spend time with them and talk to them, but don't treat them differently than you normally would. They are still your family or friend and they don't like feeling like this illness is causing you to think of them differently.
September 18th, 2015 12:58pm
By listening to them and their families and friends. It's very common that people who suffer from cáncer feel that they have a responsabilty with the people that surround them
September 19th, 2015 8:30pm
there is a lot you can do to help someone with cancer. studies have found that those who have had cancer tend to adjust better to the changes cancer brings to their lives with the help of strong emotional support, You can make a big difference in the life of someone with cancer just by being their friend and offering your time to listen and support them. this site here will help
September 24th, 2015 5:37am
As a nurse, helping a person with cancer takes a different approach but anyone can do some of the things I have done to help. Besides giving the person their need medications. I help them get through their activities of daily living. I offer help with bathing, dressing, walking, and eating. I provide emotional support whenever needed. Taking my time to sit and talk and get to know them as a person and not as a cancer patient helps them stay positive. Helps them feel they still belong and have hope. Showing them that their family is also important keeps them from worrying too much about them. Treating a cancer as a whole helps them mind, body, and soul.
September 24th, 2015 6:33pm
You need to just be there as support; the biggest support you can give them is to be a friend/family. They don't need you to tell them that your sorry they have cancer or find ways to cure it. They need to know they still have a life outside the cancer. So be there support.
September 25th, 2015 10:30pm
Be the best friend you can be. Always look for ways to aid anyone you can. By being there, being open, you can help others by showing that you care! :)
September 26th, 2015 3:41pm
Make their life have meaning. Make sure they know they are not their illness. Make sure they do everything they wanted to in life. Make sure that they are loved and wanted and needed.
September 27th, 2015 8:47pm
You could help someone with cancer by comforting them and letting them know they aren't alone.......
September 30th, 2015 11:48am
I've actually never met someone who has cancer, so I'm not exactly qualified to answer this question. But I can say that one of the most important things is to listen, and help them in whatever way they need.
October 16th, 2015 6:59pm
Be there for them. You can't cure them from their illness but you can make sure that they have an amazing life, even if it doesn't last as long as you hoped.
October 22nd, 2015 1:50pm
I can continuously listen him/her and maintain check up with him/her regularly and motivating to help him/her to get proper treatment.
October 22nd, 2015 8:49pm
I think a lot of the time, it's important to just be there for them. If they want to talk about things, be a good listener and friend. If they don't, just roll with it and stay present. Also, you'd be amazed the response you get if you just ask, "How can I help?" or "What can I do for you that would be the most helpful?" Sometimes it's something you wouldn't expect, something small, but significant to them personally.
October 23rd, 2015 8:17am
By showing them compassion and kindness. Also by being supportive and giving them encouragement and positive words.
October 23rd, 2015 5:05pm
just be there. be there for them. surround them with positivity. don't tell them what to do/what not to do. Tell them you believe in them and keep giving them that ray of hope.
October 23rd, 2015 5:07pm
Being there for them and letting them know that you are supporting them. Make them feel that they aren't fighting it alone. Give them the motivation, and motivation gives power. Make them feel stronger and more powerful and they will do it.
October 24th, 2015 5:56am
Anyone can help anyone with cancer by just keeping them happy and positive! Cancer is a fight with the body as well as the mind! So keeping both the body and mind healthy will help out!
October 25th, 2015 3:05am
Try donating to a cancer research lab, that could help research that could help people with cancer.
October 25th, 2015 3:40am
You can donate towards cancer research or donate blood even, donating hair for the wigs needed to make them feel pretty after all of their treatments.
October 25th, 2015 5:46pm
Being supportive and encouraging can mean a lot more ten you would think. Being there for them and listening can make a big difference. Show them that you will be there every step of the way, and tell them how much you care.
October 28th, 2015 12:48am
Give them hope. Listen to them. Donate if you can. People with cancer need something money can't buy and that is hope for a better tomorrow
October 28th, 2015 4:20am
By being there for them. Listen to them - offer them a shoulder for whenever they might need it. Assure them that they're not alone, as cancer can be a very lonely place.
October 28th, 2015 4:33pm
You can help people with cancer by giving them the listening ear and also they are going through an emotional time right now with lots on their mind and its only natural for them to feel anxious/worried/depessed, overwhelmed, unable to cope, numb/frightened
October 29th, 2015 1:49am
Encourage them and help them see the bright side of life, motivate them and give them hope, as well as encourage them to spend more time with family and people they love.