19 Jun '11, 8pm

What Not to Say to Someone With Cancer

What Not to Say to Someone With Cancer

Experts caution that when caring for someone with cancer, there are six things friends or family often say–in an attempt to be sympathetic, supportive, or encouraging — that can have just the opposite consequence: shutting down communication and making the person with cancer feel worse. Psychiatrist Jeffrey Knajdl, director of psycho-oncology services at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, points to these six common sayings to avoid, along with suggestions for what to say instead: 1. “Everything is going to be all right.” You have no way of knowing if it will be or not, says Knajdl, and such a statement ends up sounding like an empty platitude — plus you establish a sense of mistrust. “It doesn’t make the person feel better,” says Knajdl, “because he knows it’s not true and it just makes him feel dismissed and not heard.” What to say instead: What the person really wa...

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