The question to avoid when talking to someone with cancer

What do you think is the most commonly asked question of a person who has, or has had, cancer? If you guessed, “How are you?” you got it right.

What to say to someone you care for who has cancer or another debilitating disease:

“Feel free to cry with me, to talk, or not to talk. I’ll take my lead from you.”

Read Jane Brody’s column at the NYTimes.


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