Being supportive in your carer role

Taking care of a loved one with cancer can be regarded as an extremely challenging role to undertake.2,3

You may be asked to manage medications, take your loved one to appointments, communicate with their healthcare team, make meals, be the key emotional support, and more.1

Sometimes, this additional responsibility may leave very little time for you.

Supporting a loved one

When people with cancer undergo treatments, the focus is on them and their needs. Yet cancer may often affect more than one person.2 In many cases, it may be the entire family, and, in particular, the caregivers, who may be significantly impacted by the experience.2,3

The following information has been prepared with tips that may be useful for carers of people with cancer, to help them care for themselves and find the support they need while fulfilling the roles undertaken to help a loved one.

Your wellbeing matters

It’s important to make time for yourself, as your wellbeing still matters. Pushing yourself too hard may actually make caregiving and supporting your loved one more challenging. The Cancer Council has information for people who are looking after someone with cancer. Find out more here:

Here are some suggestions to help you prioritise your own health:1

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