Thank you for your question.
Unfortunately people deal with their cancer diagnosis very differently. You have expressed to your partner you are there for him and you are happy to help where possible, and if he needs to talk, you are there to listen. That is really all you can do. If he knows you are there for him, in time, once he has comprehended and digested what might be ahead of him, he may then call on you for your support. He may just need time. Practical ways in which you can help do depend upon what treatments he is having.
For example: if he requires surgery, simple things such as making meals and/or freezing them for him, washing and ironing his clothes, helping to clean the house, all of these things help to reduce the risk of lifting heavy objects which can strain the surgical site. The less lifting for the first 6 weeks, the better.I hope this helps to give you further ideas in ways you can help, once he is ready to receive your support.
If you would like to talk with one of Bowel Cancer Australia's Nurse Advisers about any concerns you have and additional ways you may be able to help your partner through his bowel cancer journey please contact us at http://www.bowelcanceraustralia.org/bca/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=305&Itemid=305.
We hope this helps to answer your questions.
Please feel free to contact us anytime for individualised advice at:
Bowel Cancer Australia Nutrition Adviser - http://www.bowelcanceraustralia.org/bca/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=306&Itemid=478
OR Bowel Cancer Australia Nurse Adviser - http://www.bowelcanceraustralia.org/bca/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=305&Itemid=305
Bowel Cancer Australia Nurse Adviser
Please Note: The information provided by Bowel Cancer Australia’s Nurse and Nutritionist Advisory Services is intended for Australian residents as a reference guide only. It is not a substitute for independent professional advice and is not intended to be used to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or disorder.
If you believe your symptoms are consistent with those of bowel cancer or a digestive illness, please consult your doctor.
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