Help and information

It’s hard to see a loved one in pain or suffering through side effects of cancer treatment. If you need help coping with your feelings about their illness, know that help is available. The social services department at the hospital or doctor’s office may be able to help you or direct you to someone who can. They may be able to suggest support groups in your area for friends and families of people with cancer. Sometimes the hospital chaplain or your own clergy can help. Asking around to find good counselors can be another way to get the support and help you need. Helping yourself may be the best way to help your loved one.

You can also support the person who has cancer by learning more about the disease. Talk with an expert such as a doctor, nurse, or social worker, and call your American Cancer Society for information. The more you understand your loved one’s cancer, the better able you’ll be to help them cope with it.

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Last Revised: February 5, 2015

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