Caring for a Loved One

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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.

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.

Download the free ASCO Answers Guide to Caregiving as a printable PDF in English (36 pages) or in Spanish (40 pages), or order printed copies from the ASCO University Bookstore.