Supporting someone with cancer

Who is a supporter?

A supporter is someone who helps and supports a person through cancer. Supporters can provide support in different ways: practical, physical, emotional and spiritual. You may be a partner, relative, friend or neighbour. Anyone can be a supporter of someone with a cancer diagnosis – it doesn’t matter what your age, gender, sexuality, profession or cultural background is. You may provide support for a short time or over months or years.

The benefits of being a supporter

You may not see yourself as a supporter, rather as someone simply taking care of a person who needs you. You may see your role as a natural extension of your relationship. Being a supporter might mean adjusting the relationship you have with the person already. The benefits of being a supporter Supporting someone can be very positive. It can be very satisfying to know that you are making a difference. You might feel surprised and pleased with the way you handled the situation and the new skills you have learnt. Supporting someone with cancer can help you think about your values and what matters to you. Spending time with the person with cancer can help build your relationship with them and be a rewarding time. Many people say that going through cancer leads to a better understanding of each other, improved communication and a stronger connection.