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For Caregivers, Family, and Friends

Information to help caregivers cope while caring for a loved one with cancer, as well as help someone with cancer talk about and cope with the illness.

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One daughter’s story of her mother’s stage III ovarian cancer diagnosis and the importance of family members helping a loved one learn about treatment options, including clinical trials, and then make informed decisions.

On this page:
Support for Caregivers
Guides for Children and Teens Who Have a Family Member with Cancer
 

Support for Caregivers

  • When Someone You Love Is Being Treated for Cancer: Support for Caregivers

    Covers practical, coping, and communication tips for friends and family members caring for loved ones with cancer.

  • Facing Forward: When Someone You Love Has Completed Cancer Treatment

    Covers coping strategies to help cancer caregivers adjust their focus to the recovery phase once treatment is over for their loved one with cancer.

  • When Someone You Love Has Advanced Cancer: Support for Caregivers

    Covers coping strategies and communication tips to address the concerns that cancer caregivers face when their loved one has been told that he or she has advanced cancer.

  • Caring for the Caregiver

    Practical and supportive information to help caregivers cope while caring for a loved one with cancer. It is an easy-to-read version of the booklet, When Someone You Love Is Being Treated for Cancer.

  • Family Caregivers in Cancer (PDQ®)
    [ patient ] [ health professional ]
    Expert-reviewed information summary about the challenges faced by family caregivers of cancer patients. This summary focuses on typical caregiver roles and concerns, and helpful interventions for caregivers.
  • Communication in Cancer Care (PDQ®)
    [ patient ] [ health professional ]
    Expert-reviewed information summary about communicating with the cancer patient and his or her family, including unique aspects of communication with cancer patients, factors affecting communication, and training in communication skills.
  • Palliative Care in Cancer

    A fact sheet that describes the role of palliative care, which is comfort care given to a patient who has a serious or life-threatening disease, such as cancer, from the time of diagnosis and throughout the course of illness.

Guides for Children and Teens Who Have a Family Member with Cancer