I'm going to vote no. If you tell me that, and then give me a hug. It's like your saying, "I'm so sorry, there's nothing I can do about it". But if you just tell me that this is what you have, and this is what we are going to do about it, and this is when we are going to start, that makes me think it's not the end of the world and there is a plan in place to take care of it.
My first diagnoses was given to me by a rookie. I must have been his first. He walks in with the folder, lays it down on the counter, chit chats for a few minutes then says lets see, I got your results, now where's that folder? Leaves the room for a few minutes and comes back in. Picks up the folder that was there all the time, and says "oh, here it is, now lets see" Then tells me I have Hodgkins disease. I had never heard of it at the time. I say, "whats that"? He says, "well, IT'S KINDA LIKE CANCER" True words.
When you tell somebody, tell them with confidence, straight forward, with confidence. Act like it's not the end of the world, and we got this, it's going to be OK.
But that's just me, that's how I want to roll.