Saying that a person cares for a cancer patient and expressing willingness to listen are uplifting messages to send to the patient, according to Cancer.Net. Friends or relatives of a cancer patient can also express their heartfelt sadness that the patient suffers the disease and can offer genuine help.
It is important to choose the right words when talking to a cancer patient and to acknowledge that she is experiencing a difficult situation, notes Cancer.Net. A person should be honest if she does not know what to say rather than cut communication off or avoid visiting a cancer patient. Active listening, which involves providing complete attention, and not thinking about concluding the conversation quickly, are good ways to connect with the patient.