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How to respond to people who are new cancer patient?
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7 doctors agree
In brief: With kindness
How a person responsds to the diagnosis of cancer will be individual.
It will depend on their personality and support structure. It will also depend on the type of cancer and the prognosis. You should be supportive and kind. You will have to judge how best to handle your friend based on your knowledge. You can always research about their cancer so you can have a better understanding.

In brief: With kindness
How a person responsds to the diagnosis of cancer will be individual.
It will depend on their personality and support structure. It will also depend on the type of cancer and the prognosis. You should be supportive and kind. You will have to judge how best to handle your friend based on your knowledge. You can always research about their cancer so you can have a better understanding.
Dr. Ronald Dreifuss
Dr. Ronald Dreifuss
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology
2 doctors agree
In brief: With compassion
You may offer to help in transportation, taking care of pet etc.
While the person is occupied with his/her treatment.

In brief: With compassion
You may offer to help in transportation, taking care of pet etc.
While the person is occupied with his/her treatment.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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Dr. Helen Mabry
Surgery
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Be normal
A lot of my cancer patients say, "i don't want everyone to feel sorry for me.
" some people want to talk about their diagnosis and some do not. It is best to simply be friendly and act normal. Do not avoid the person with cancer. If he or she wants to talk about it just listen and try not to make sweeping statements. There is a lot of variability in cancers from terminal to minimal effects.

In brief: Be normal
A lot of my cancer patients say, "i don't want everyone to feel sorry for me.
" some people want to talk about their diagnosis and some do not. It is best to simply be friendly and act normal. Do not avoid the person with cancer. If he or she wants to talk about it just listen and try not to make sweeping statements. There is a lot of variability in cancers from terminal to minimal effects.
Dr. Helen Mabry
Dr. Helen Mabry
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