Introduction: Caring for someone with cancer

This booklet is for people who are looking after someone with cancer.

You may still be adjusting to the news that someone you know has cancer, and that you will be their carer. You may be wondering what carers do. It’s natural to be worried about the impact being a carer will have on your life and how caring might affect your relationships.

You may be questioning how you will manage the emotional and physical needs of the person you are caring for. Perhaps you have been providing care for some time and need some reassurance.

This booklet aims to support you in your role as a carer. You may relate to some of the emotions and feelings described here, and you might learn practical tips on how to balance the demands of caring, family, work and your own needs.

Your role as a carer is valuable. Although caring for someone with cancer can be difficult and stressful at times, many carers have said they are better people for the experience of caring. Some people find that caring can be rewarding and life-changing.

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For a free printed copy of Caring for Someone with Cancer call the Cancer Council Helpline on 13 11 20.You can also download this information at the top of the page.

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Before commencing any health treatment, always consult your doctor. This booklet is intended as a general introduction and should not be seen as a substitute for your own doctor’s or health professional’s advice. All care is taken to ensure that the information contained is accurate at the time of publication.

Content updated December 2011.

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