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This section provides information on the following topics:

Being a Caregiver

Caregivers are typically family members and friends who provide vital and constant physical and emotional care of a person with cancer. This section provides information on defining the role of caregivers and the potential challenges caregivers face.

Caregiving at the Hospital

Different challenges face those who are helping to provide care for a patient who is in the hospital.

Providing Care at Home

Learn about the different types of home care, how to find home care, and how to pay for home-care services.

Parenting While Caring for a Parent With Cancer

If you are parenting young children while caring for a parent with cancer, you know firsthand the practical and emotional challenges. Here are a few tips to help you juggle your responsibilities and reduce your risk of burnout.

Young Adults Caring for a Parent With Cancer

Many young adults who have a parent with cancer feel torn between their focus on establishing themselves in the world and their duty and desire to help a parent who is facing a serious illness. While caregiving can be a rewarding way to reconnect with parents, it can also change a phase of life that is typically marked by exploration and freedom.

Adjusting to Life After Caregiving

A caregiver plays an important role in supporting a person with cancer, providing physical, emotional, and practical care on a daily or as-needed basis. Providing this support can become a caregiver’s sole focus, especially when a family member or friend is undergoing a long treatment plan.

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