Cancer is not contagious. It is not a communicable disease. Yet there were those that came to see me who treated me like a leper. They often stood at the door, reluctant to come in. If they did come into the room, they would sit as far from me as possible. I'm talking about people who would have greeted me with a hug and possibly a kiss before my cancer diagnosis.
When Rob and I used to visit people in hospital with cancer or any serious disease, provided they were not infectious, we always made a point of holding their hands or touching their shoulders when we prayed with them. But a number of people can't seem to touch the cancer victim.
Research has shown that just the act of touching patients significantly relieves their symptoms and reduces their anxiety.
So when you visit, sit next to them or in a nearby chair. Engage them in conversation. And when appropriate touch them. Hold their hands. Give them a hug. Show them you are not afraid that you will catch what they have.
Your visit will mean so much more to them than if you edge out the door, avoiding any contact.