- how and when the news gets to them – face-to-face, chance meeting, phone, email?
- the relationship between the two – acquaintance, friend, relative....
- whether the person hearing the news has been or is a cancer patient and the treatment they’ve had if so, or someone who’s cared/caring for a cancer patient
- the personality of the person with the cancer and that of the person who has just been told
- the knowledge of cancer generally of the person who’s just been told by the cancer patient AND/or carer/SO, and the specific form of cancer it is
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
How do you respond when they tell you?
I’ve come across an article that’s worth reading. Anything that sets me thinking I appreciate. I don’t agree with it completely because it’s too general, but then the question is generic and there’s only so much you can say in a short article.
It’s obvious what it’s about from the URL. I’d be interested in what you thought of what it says. But to cut through the swathe of possible comments a bit (or perhaps muddy the waters a bit more!), these are a few considerations that sprang immediately to my mind.
It depends on many things, e.g.,
There’s also the question that’s the mirror image of the one above – how does the person who’s received the news that they have cancer tell those who need to know it?
Many if not all of the dot points above apply in this case also.
Your thoughts? I know there are many who’ll read this who are very experienced with cancer in one way or another. We’ve had some rather odd reactions when we had to tell people.