7 Tips for Caregivers and Families of Cancer Patients

The news of a loved one's cancer diagnosis is devasting for the whole family and if you're to become a caregiver, will change your life just as much as the patient's. Being a caregiver is a difficult, emotionally draining and tiring task, and can at times even feel like a thankless job but there are ways that you can manage your new role as a caregiver while still looking after yourself. With help from cancer.net, we've come up with some suggestions to help make life as a caregiver easier. Remember you're part of a team You are not the sole provider of care for your loved one, you are part of a team of doctors, nurses, and other health care professionals. Use them as often as you need them, telephone or email them for advice when you need it, use the services they provide. Try to extend your team and make use of any other local resources available to you. If you can't afford professional services, find out if there are any volunteer services in your area who could come and help you. Be organized Keep a file of all important documents you may need as your loved one's caregiver, including medical records, medication notes, appointment schedules, insurance information, and any legal documents you may need to take care of. Decide if you need to become a health care proxy. Be proactive Educate yourself as much as you can about the cancer your loved one has. Keep up to date with the latest news in research, treatment, medications and therapies so that you can play a proactive role in treatment. Speak to your loved one regularly about treatment so you know exactly what their wishes are. Take notes of any new symptoms or side effects the patient may be suffering from so you
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