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Talking about cancer

Talking to other people about cancer can be one of the most difficult parts of coping with a cancer diagnosis. Telling different people the same news over and over again can be very tiring and stressful. If you just don’t know how to begin or what to say, you’re not alone. It’s common to worry about how other people will react to the news. You may also want to keep many of the details of your diagnosis and treatment private.

There isn’t a right or wrong way to talk about cancer. Who you tell and how you talk about things may be different depending on your relationship with each person.

Stories

Parker Murchison My favourite thing about Camp Goodtime is being able to hang out with other kids who have survived cancer. They know what is going on in your life and can help you get through it.

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Support from someone who has ‘been there’

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The Canadian Cancer Society’s peer support program is a telephone support service that matches cancer patients and their caregivers with specially trained volunteers.

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