Do you know what to say to a friend or loved one when they tell you they have been diagnosed with cancer? Most people do not. “A lot of times, people try to make light of the situation by making a joke because they are uncomfortable, but it can be very inappropriate,” says Regina Johnson, a care navigator for the Lovelace Women’s Hospital Breast Care Center. “The best thing you can do is be there for them, offer to help and make yourself available if they need you. Always be genuine and say you are sorry, that will mean everything in the world.