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Coping with Cancer: Supportive and Palliative Care

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
    Practical and supportive information to help caregivers cope while caring for a loved one with cancer.
  • Facing Forward: When Someone You Love Has Completed Cancer Treatment
    Practical and supportive information to help caregivers cope with the shift in focus from treatment to recovery when caring for a loved one with cancer.
  • When Someone You Love Has Advanced Cancer: Support for Caregivers
    Practical and supportive information for caregivers of loved ones with advanced cancer that is no longer responding to treatment. It explores many of the questions and crossroads caregivers may face.
  • 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: Roles and Challenges (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