Caregivers are loved ones who serve as primary support to the patient. Caregivers can be partners, significant others, family members or friends. They offer support by handling daily tasks, managing medical concerns, coordinating appointments, dispensing medications and/or advocating for the patient.
Caregivers experience cancer from a different perspective. They are not physically experiencing scans, treatments or the pain associated with a cancer diagnosis but they may experience emotional and psychological effects of the disease. This is why caregivers must also seek support and resources.
Check out these webinars from Cancer Support Community:
- Caregiving 101: An Introduction to Supporting Someone With Cancer
- Caregivers Need Care, Too: Ways to Promote Well-being While Taking Care of a Loved One with Cancer
The following organizations provide caregiver resources including support groups, publications, workshops or materials to aid caregivers in managing their own care, in addition to their loved ones diagnosis, treatment and survivorship:
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