Being a Caregiver

Here you'll find information on what to expect if you are caring for someone with cancer, and find out what you need to know when caring for a loved one at home.

What You Need to Know as a Cancer Caregiver

We think of caregivers as unpaid loved ones who give the person with cancer physical and emotional care. They may be spouses, partners, family members, or close friends. Most often, they are not trained for the caregiver job. Many times, they may be the lifeline of the person with cancer.

Caring for the Patient with Cancer at Home

This guide offers general information about caring for a person with cancer at home. It lists the more common problems people with cancer experience, signs of problems you can look for, and some ideas for things you can do if problems come up. It also lists some of the more common treatments and possible side effects that go with them.

Caring for Someone Nearing the End of Life

Many patients and caregivers have questions about what they might expect during the last few months of life. Follow this link for information on what to expect when someone you care for is nearing the end of life, as well as information on hospice care and on coping with the loss of a loved one.