(HealthDay News) -- If you've been diagnosed with cancer, your family and close friends can be a great source of physical and moral support.
The American Cancer Society suggests how to tell loved ones about your diagnosis:
- Don't wait to tell them. Sooner or later, they'll all know. They might feel hurt or left out if they haven't heard about it from you.
- Explain what type of cancer you have and how it will be treated. Let loved ones know they can't catch it from you.
- Allow friends and family to help you, and tell them what kind of help you need.
- Tell the people who are closest to you how you feel. Or seek a support group or counselor to help you talk about your feelings.
- If you have friends or family who tell you to "cheer up" when you're not feeling well, politely ask them to just listen without telling you what to do.
- Do not force people to talk about your cancer. Instead, find others who are more open to discussion.
- If you're feeling sad or depressed, reach out to someone.