Family and friends
A cancer diagnosis has a far-reaching impact, affecting not only the person with cancer, but also their family and friends.
If a family member or friend has been diagnosed with cancer, you may wonder how you can help, worry about what the future holds, or feel overwhelmed by your own emotions. You might also feel concerned about explaining the situation to children in the family. If you take on the role of caring for someone with cancer, you may need to get used to new responsibilities.
Cancer Council offers a range of resources to help you navigate cancer as a carer, family member or friend.
Information for family and friends
- How can you help? – Tips for supporting someone with cancer.
- Talking to kids about cancer – How to explain all stages of cancer to children.
- Coping with grief – For family and friends when someone has died from cancer.
Podcast: Family Dynamics and Cancer