Caring for someone with cancer

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

The complementary therapies described here may also help carers cope with stress and fatigue.

Many cancer support groups and cancer education programs are open to carers, as well as people with cancer. Support groups and programs can offer valuable opportunities to share experiences and ways of coping.

Support services such as Home Help, Meals on Wheels 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 Carers Australia for more information and resources.

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

This information was last reviewed in May 2015
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