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Caring for the Caregiver

Caring for the Caregiver is for friends and family members caring for a person with cancer. It is a condensed version of our booklet, When Someone You Love Is Being Treated for Cancer.

Being a caregiver to someone you love may mean helping with daily activities such as going to doctor’s visits or preparing food. It can also be coordinating care and services or offering emotional support. But during this time, it’s important that caregivers take care of themselves too.

This booklet covers:

  • Understanding your feelings and asking for help
  • How to make time for yourself
  • Caring for your body and spirit
  • Going with your loved one to medical visits
  • Talking with friends and family members about cancer

This booklet is not about how to take care of a patient. Instead, it provides ways for a friend or family member to take care of themselves while caring for someone with cancer. It gives you communication and self-care tips to focus on your needs while helping your loved one too.

The information in this booklet was last updated in October 2019.