Support for Newly Diagnosed

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Last Modified: August 14, 2012

Question

My sister was recently diagnosed with metastatic thyroid cancer. How can I help her? What can I do/say?

Answer

Michelle LeBeau, Thyroid Cancer Survivor and Founder of REACT Thyroid Foundation responds:

As a metastatic thyroid cancer patient myself, I have relied heavily on the support from my family and my sister. Her just knowing that you are there to listen and give her support will do wonders. I also found it very important to have someone to attend my doctor appointments with me and help take notes. There will be a lot of information for her to learn, digest and make decisions about. You could greatly help her in that area.

This question and answer was part of OncoLink's Brown Bag Web Chat Series. View the entire transcript of Focus on Thyroid Cancer.

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