Caring for an adult with a tumour

You may be reading this information because you are caring for someone with a tumour. Being a carer can be stressful and cause you much anxiety.

Try to look after yourself – Give yourself some time out and share your worries and concerns with somebody neutral such as a counsellor or your doctor.

Consider joining a cancer support group or cancer education program – These are often open to carers, as well as people with cancer. Support groups and programs can offer valuable opportunities to share experiences and ways of coping.

Seek support – Support services such as Meals on Wheels, home help or visiting nurses can help you in your caring role. There are also many groups and organisations that can provide you with information and support, such as Carers Australia, the national body representing carers in Australia. Carers Australia works with the Carers Associations in each of the states and territories. Phone 1800 242 636 or visit for more information and resources. BrainLink may also have helpful services for carers of people with brain diseases – visit

You can also call Cancer Council 13 11 20 to find out more about carers’ services and get a copy of the Caring for Someone with Cancer booklet.

Video: Seeking support

Find out more about the types of support offered by the Cancer Council, including information, support groups, and practical and financial help. This video also looks at how psychologists and social workers can help you manage your cancer journey.

This information was last reviewed in May 2016
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