It is Friday morning and you are working 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 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.
What is the most appropriate next action to take?