According to the American Cancer Society, over 1.7 million people will be diagnosed with cancer in 2018. If your friend or loved one is diagnosed with cancer, it’s crucially important to support them, and if you’re not sure what to do, focus on some little things you can do that may have a bigger impact than you’d expect.

Try helping with household chores like taking out the trash, doing the laundry or bringing/making food. Offer to help out with childcare, walk the dog, drive them to run errands or run errands for them.

Going on outings will remind patients that the ordinary things they used to do are still possible and they can still find fun in the same things as before. Try going to the movies, taking them shopping, or taking them for a drive or going for a walk.

Reach out often. Send text messages, emails, or call them just to say hi and ask how they are doing. Don’t be offended if they don’t reply or take your call. They will respond in their own time when they are ready, but just knowing you’re there for them can lift their spirit.

Helping out around the house or encouraging small outings is important and can make a big difference. Having someone you love be diagnosed with cancer can possibly be one of the hardest things to hear. However, after the shock settles down, take the initiative to help them.

Anything is something, and showing support through action is one of the best things you can do to help your friend or loved one.

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