How to Discuss a Terminal Brain Tumor Diagnosis During the Holidays

Hearing that a loved one has a terminal brain tumor is difficult at any time of the year, but even more so during the holiday season. What do you say or do around a person who has recently been diagnosed?

While there’s no perfect way to discuss such a diagnosis, neuropsychologist Michael Parsons, PhD, says the safest approach is to follow the lead of the person diagnosed.

“In these conversations, the family member has some feelings (like anxiety or grief) and the person affected by cancer has their own set of feelings. It’s OK to express your own feelings or concerns, but it’s even more important to respect the wishes of the person dealing with cancer,” he says.

He offers these tips to help guide anyone trying to show love and support to someone who is dealing with brain cancer:

Let your loved one decide whether to discuss it

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