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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.

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The win will be yours

My names Zahra and I'm 16 years old I was diagonsed with thyroid cancer in June a day before our festival and I had a full neck surgery with radiotheraphy and My hopes were up last week when I went doctors that my cancer had finished but instead I got the news I have another operation on the 3rd January we might get sad we might put our hopes low but after hardship comes ease don't be afraid to tell people you have cancer don't be afraid you feel left out becuase were all unique in your own way

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Zahra M


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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Don't always sugarcoat - but provide options

As a pharmacist and only medically orientated in the family, I always find it difficult hearing test results from mom's stage 4 breast cancer and having to also translate these back into Chinese, but to still sound positive is a challenge. At first, I used to sugarcoat things, and when I attended a Dr.s appointment with mom, found out the doctor himself is sugarcoating news, when really, the truth needs to be spelled out so we can explore ALL options with full eyes open. So my tip - be honest.

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Anna S