Family and friends

Family and friends

A cancer diagnosis has a far-reaching impact, affecting not only the person with cancer, but also their family and friends.

If a family member or friend has been diagnosed with cancer, you may wonder how you can help, worry about what the future holds, or feel overwhelmed by your own emotions. You might also feel concerned about explaining the situation to children in the family. If you take on the role of caring for someone with cancer, you may need to get used to new responsibilities.

Cancer Council offers a range of resources to help you navigate cancer as a carer, family member or friend. 

Information for family and friends:

Video: Support for families and friends of people with advanced cancer

Being a family member or close friend of someone with advanced cancer can have its own set of challenges. You may feel emotionally and physically drained, which is understandable, and you may need your own support system. Learn more about how this support can help you be a better carer for your loved one in this Cancer Council NSW video.