Relationships & Communication

The basis for any good relationship is communication. Whether it’s your romantic partner, family, friends, co-workers, or acquaintances, communicating builds trust and connects you to others. This is especially true when you’re dealing with a diagnosis of breast cancer.

For some people, talking about breast cancer can feel scary, uncomfortable or embarrassing. These are all normal reactions. It’s OK to hold back and not tell everyone everything right away. But over time, you may want to let some people who care about you know:

  • what you’re going through
  • how you’re feeling
  • how they can help

Learning how to make the most of your relationships may help you build trust with your support circle, and protect you when you want to avoid certain comments or conversations. Understanding your rights at work will help you if you want to tell your boss or co-workers, or if you need some time off or other accommodations.

In this section, you’ll find more detailed information about communication issues surrounding a breast cancer diagnosis and treatment.