Profile photo of Janet G Profile photo of Dino H Profile photo of Katrina M Profile photo of Nicola E Profile photo of Maggie D Profile photo of Marilyn G Profile photo of Stephanie H Profile photo of Shirley N Profile photo of Morag  N Profile photo of Julie M Profile photo of sue W Profile photo of Emma C Profile photo of Nicky B Profile photo of Charles D Profile photo of Nanny T

Welcome to The Source

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.

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

View Macmillan's comment

Don't be offended if I don't want to talk

People do ask me how I am because they are lovely and they care and they have heard that my cancer is back. I don’t want to lie but I don’t always want to talk about it. So on those days I just say: “Thanks for asking – but do you know, I’d really rather not talk about it just now. Do you mind if we don’t?” Please don't be offended; sometimes talking is too hard and it gives me nightmares when I am alone and in the dark.

Profile photo of Daloni C

Daloni C