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Sometimes it's hard to know what to say, or how to help when a friend or family member has cancer.

The Source is a collection of simple, practical tips from people who've been there.

Because no one should face cancer alone.

Browse tips from people who have first-hand experience supporting loved ones with cancer. Or register to save your favourite tips and share your own advice to help others.

Just be honest

Don,t avoid people because you don't know what to say say hi how are you today they may be having a good day. If they cry (like I did one day) don't panick tea and time do help if you have a good listener. You can't cure the problem and it is not expected of you but sometimes it just feels overwhelming and out it comes, the Neighbour I cried all over instintively said come home with me for tea and just listened it isn't always family who give best help as they are also dealing with your diseas

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Humour is ok....

When my best friend was going through her treatment I tried to keep things as real as possible for her and between us. The last thing somebody needs is seriousness all the time and people surrounding them with grey clouds when actually, making them laugh and keeping things as normal as possible can work a treat. At the end of the day, she is still my best friend and the same girl I grew up with. I knew what I could get away with! Her cancer was not going to change that. It had no chance x

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Try meditation to cope with sleepless nights and reducing anxiety. I started mindfulness meditation therapy and found it effective in putting all of my concerns into perspective. There are many mindfulness training across the country. Some are free. Try it and I am sure you will notice a change in mood and thought process.

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