Caregivers need support too, here are some great tips and resources for you

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January 16, 2018
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Today 80 percent of all cancer treatment occurs on an outpatient basis in community-based cancer centers, rather than in a hospital.  Therefore, the role of family caregivers is a significant factor in the treatment of a patient. Spouses are usually the primary caregivers and do not receive education or preparation for their role as a caregiver.  Therefore, caregivers require support and education to meet these demands.  They play a significant role in the management of their loved ones cancer treatment which often includes an increase in responsibilities and the management of household and work schedules.  Caregivers often express their concerns of meeting the needs of their loved ones and can be vulnerable both physically and emotionally in their new roles.   Fatigue being the number one concern for patients and their families may need assistance with meals, personal care, transportation, child care and housekeeping. Obviously, this is not the time for a patient or family to try and manage the complexities of cancer care alone.

NEW Phone Support Caregiving Support Group – click more here below for info.

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Resources for Caregivers:

  1. CancerCare: Toll-free 1-800-813-4673
  2. Cancer Hope Network: Toll-free 1-877-467-3638
  3. Cancer Legal Resource Center: Toll-free 1-866-843-2572
  4. Family Caregiver Alliance/National Center on Caregiving: Toll-free 1-800-445-8106
  5. Leukemia and Lymphoma Society: 1-800-955-4572
  6. Lotsa Helping Hands
  7. National Alliance for Caregiving
  8. National Cancer Institute Toll free 1-800-422-6237
  9. US American Cancer Society: Toll- free 1- 800 277-2345
  10. Caregivers- Cancer Support Community: Phone: 1-202-659-9709, Toll-free: 1-888-793-9355 mailto: