Communication tips


Good communication is about so much more than the words we say.

How we express ourselves is just as important, especially when we’re talking about something as difficult as cancer. We’ve put together some tips to help you have more fulfilling conversations with family, friends, and healthcare teams.

Talking about cancer
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The most important thing to know about living with cancer is that you are not alone. It’s not going to be easy. You might not be ready to talk right away. When you are, you might not know what to say—and others may not, either.

You get to decide what you say and how you say it. But remember that sharing your thoughts and feelings can help you feel closer to loved ones and get the support you need. When you’re ready to talk, we have some ideas that may help.

More conversation tips


Tips to communicate with your caregiver and family


Tips to effectively communicate with your and healthcare team


1 MSD Your Cancer Story. Communication. Retrieved on October 2020 from