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Breast Cancer

9 Things Not to Say to Someone Diagnosed With MBC

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friend with cancer
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talking mouth
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Words can hurt. Don't let them.


empathy
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"My mother/aunt/neighbor/friend’s cousin died from breast cancer."


breast cancer scar
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"At least you got a free boob job."


breast cancer feeling alone
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"I know how you feel."


friend with cancer
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"Are you really sick? You don’t look sick."


cancer patient with doctor
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"When will your treatments end?"


finger pointing
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"Have you tried…….?"


support
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"You’ve got this! Keep fighting!"


cancer patient in park
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"Maybe now you can go on with your life."


cancer patient yoga
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"We are all going to die someday."


  • MBC Patients Lifespan: Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. (2017). “Estimation of the Number of Women Living with Metastatic Breast Cancer in the United States.” cebp.aacrjournals.org/content/26/6/809
Bethany Kandel

Bethany Kandel

@cancerfreebies

Bethany Kandel is a New York-based journalist, health writer, and author. Her articles have appeared in dozens of national publications and websites, including The New York Times, Prevention, Good Housekeeping, and Woman’s Day. After a breast cancer diagnosis, she began writing about the subject. She created Breast Cancer Freebies, where she helps patients/survivors find free wigs, hats, and other resources to help them thrive. Find her on Twitter @cancerfreebies.