Delicate way of informing over the phone?

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Question from Website Question: What happens when you have to tell a loved one that you have breast cancer over the phone? Is there a delicate way of saying it?
Answers - Rosalind Kleban, L.C.S.W. It's very interesting that many of the women we're hearing from tonight are so concerned with protecting those around them. The person going through this difficult journey is the one who gets to make the decisions, and she needs to come up with a way of revealing this information that feels good to her. Whenever we mention cancer, no matter how we do it, there's always some degree of shock and dismay, and you, as the patient, need to expect that your family will not take the news well. But before the call, you need to think about how you want to put it and how much you want to say.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Family and Loved Ones featured Rosalind Kleban, L.C.S.W., author Marc Silver, and moderator Marisa Weiss, M.D. answering your questions about the issues surrounding family members and caregivers living with and caring for women affected by breast cancer.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in September 2004.

The materials presented in these conferences do not necessarily reflect the views of Breastcancer.org. A qualified healthcare professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product or regimen discussed. All readers should verify all information and data before employing any therapies described here.

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