CST_logoCommunicating means letting someone else know clearly what you think and feel, and also learning what the other person thinks and feels.

After listening to this Toolbox program, you will be better prepared to:

  • Assert yourself or state positively what you want and need
  • Make “I” statements by saying “I think” or “I feel” instead of saying “you should”
  • Listen actively and check the message. This means listening carefully, showing the other person you are listening, and checking to see if what you heard is what the person meant to say
  • Match verbal with nonverbal communication, that is, match your words to your actions and facial expressions
  • Express your feelings by letting others know how you feel as well as what you think

Download the Cancer Survival Toolbox Resource Booklet (PDF)

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Learn the basis of the Cancer Survival Toolbox and how to navigate through the programs in a way that is effective for you. 


Basic Skills

Hear an Oncology Social Worker explain the necessary skills in communicating your thoughts and questions. 


Survivor Stories: Talking About Feelings

Listen to Teri explain how being assertive advanced her communication with her doctor and how being open about her feelings helped her communication with her husband. 


Survivor Stories: Cultural Barriers

Allow Maria Elena to tell you about her journey and how she learned to speak up for herself. Hear from her friend, Tereza, also a cancer survivor, who challenged Maria Elena to ask questions and identify her feelings. 


Survivor Stories: Family Discussions

Hear Mr. and Mrs. Neva work through talking with their daughter, Angela, about her diagnosis and treatments. 



Hear about more resources that can help you overcome challenges with effective communication.