It is Friday morning and you are an FY2 doctor on a surgical ward. A 65 year old woman was admitted with bowel obstruction, and a recent CT scan has confirmed that this is due to a large bowel tumour.
The results have not yet been given to the patient; however her husband comes to tell you today that he suspects it is something sinister. He begs you not to tell his wife any details because she is very anxious in general, and he is worried she will process the news badly.
Choose the three most appropriate actions to take in this situation.