The clinical pharmacist of today has developed a broad knowledge base in the areas of cancer chemotherapy and the associated ancillary therapies. In spite of this expertise, most are ill-prepared for a face-to-face interaction with the cancer patient. Difficult situations may tempt the pharmacist to avoid contact with the cancer patient and confine his talents to areas in which he feels more comfortable. However, the pharmacist is in a unique situation in that he is accessible, informed, and respected by the patient. Pharmacists must assume the responsibility of ensuring that the cancer patient receives the full benefit of this expertise, which can only be accomplished through appropriate communication skills. This editorial explores some of the techniques and common pitfalls that await the pharmacist in his day-to-day practice.