November kicks off National Family Caregivers Month. This important observance provides an opportunity to think about the part that family caregivers play on the cancer care team.
But who is a family caregiver?
Do you ever give rides to doctor’s appointments?
Even if you live far away, do you help coordinate appointments or speak with the doctor?
Do you cook meals or help make sure medication is taken at the right time?
If you answer “yes” to any of these questions, then you are a caregiver! Simply put, a caregiver is anyone who cares for a loved one during a difficult diagnosis.
Often, family caregivers find themselves unexpectedly thrown into this role, which encompasses both physical and emotional support. And while there is no “one way” to be a caregiver, there are some things that can help if you are supporting a loved one with cancer.
ASCO Answers Guide to Caregiving
To help caregivers navigate this unique role, Cancer.Net offers a workbook-style guide filled with practical tools such as charts to track appointments, medication schedules, or household chores. You can also find information about negotiating family conflicts and tips for caregiving at the hospital and from a distance.
Introduction to Family Caregiving Video
This video features expert perspectives on the family caregiving role in cancer care. It’s led by Jyoti D. Patel, MD, Lidia Schapira, MD, and patient advocates Marc Heyison and Carole Seigel.
A full-text transcript is available.
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