Always Seems To Help...
This comic is a little different than what I usually do. Many of my comics address what ways you can screw up talking to someone with cancer, but not as many that address what you can do. Kiefer Moore's gentle story-telling lends to some thoughtful advice.
One of the things I love about illustrating stories from other survivors and patients is that I learn so many different thoughts and perspectives that I never considered. It gives such a well rounded view of the cancer experience.
I hope you find this one helpful. Here's Kiefer's original submission and a picture of him:
Something I noticed about telling others when I had cancer was that it seemed everyone knew someone, be it family member or friend or friend of a friend, that also had cancer. I guess in a way to try to sympathize they would tell me about this person they knew, but it always felt like they were trying to downplay my affliction by saying "Yeah, everyone gets it, you're not special" or something to that effect and the interaction would end there. After the first dozen times I would point out to the person who had just done it how it felt and they never seem to realize until it was stated how it's perceived on the other side.
Personally if someone states they have cancer I'll ask about their treatment, how they're doing, what the path to wellness looks like without ever revealing my own cancer unless they ask, and that always seems to help them.
Not sure how you'd make that into a comic, but good luck!