Caring for the Patient With Cancer at Home

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Caring for the Patient With Cancer at Home: A Guide for Patients and Families

This guide gives you general information about caring for someone with cancer at home. It’s an ABC list of the common problems people with cancer have. It gives you signs of problems to watch for and ideas for what you can do if problems come up. It also tells you when you should call your cancer team. One of the most important things to know about caring for someone with cancer at home is how to reach a member of your cancer team at any time, including after hours, weekends, and holidays. Be sure you have a phone number to call if problems come up.

The information given here is not meant to take the place of talking with a health professional. The people who know your situation well can give you the information that you need the most.

We have a lot more information on cancer, cancer treatment, and side effects that may be helpful to you. You can get it from your local American Cancer Society office, on our website at, or by calling us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345.

Trade names are used in this guide because they are well known. Their use does not represent any testing or backing by the American Cancer Society. Generic drugs or other brands may be recommended by your doctor or cancer team.

Last Medical Review: 06/08/2015
Last Revised: 06/08/2015