Tips for Caregivers

If you are helping your family member or friend through their cancer treatment, you are a caregiver. Caregivers may assist with daily activities such making meals, managing medications or providing rides to appointments. It might also mean taking on some responsibility for coordinating appointments and finding resources to help manage practical issues. Caregiving can also mean being a source of emotional support and being there for the good days and bad days.

On being a caregiver

Caregiving comes with its own share of ups and downs. Caregivers often feel un-prepared for this new role. This page provides some ideas about how you can learn more about managing caregiving responsibilities. Even though caregiving may feel new to you now, many caregivers say that they learn more as they go through their loved one's cancer experience.

Taking good care of you as well

Many caregivers put their own needs and feelings aside to focus on the person with cancer. Putting your own needs aside can be difficult to maintain over a long period of time, and can also have adverse implications to your own health and wellbeing. The stress of caregiving can result in both physical and psychological effects. If you don’t take care of yourself, you won’t be able to take care of others. It’s important for everyone that you take care of yourself.

Web resources and support groups for caregivers

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