” Our families, our good friends all help find important things
when we have lost them . . . things like our smile, our hope,
our strength, and our courage.”
Supporting one another is a huge part of this journey . . . .
Patients, their family/caregiver, along with the patient’s oncologist/medical care team – all have an important role to play in terms of working together, communicating, and helping the patient get through a difficult diagnosis, treatment journey, and maintenance phase after treatment. The level of teamwork makes all the difference for – for everyone involved.
- When a family member is afflicted with cancer, giving care and support during this time can be difficult. Often times, caregivers have to put their feelings and needs aside to care for a person dealing with cancer, which can be taxing to their health in the long term. The National Cancer Institute has an excellent booklet on how a caregiver can take care of their self so they can take care of others. Click on the link below to download the booklet from the National Cancer Institute :
- The National Cancer Institute has many helpful resources for caregivers, who can benefit from helpful messages of encouragement, understanding, and guidance to keep them going in caring for their loved ones struggling with the cancer journey.
- What a Cancer Caregiver Does
- Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
- Managing Insurance Issues
- Caring for the Patient With Cancer at Home
- More Caregiver Resources
- If You’re About to Become a Cancer Caregiver
- Connect With Other Caregivers – Cancer Survivors Network
- More Coping Resources
- What You Need to Know as a Cancer Caregiver
- Caring for the Patient with Cancer at Home
- Caring for Someone Nearing the End of Life
- Being a Caregiver [PDF, 202Kb]