Tips To Help You and Your Loved Ones Deal With Cancer
person in the world who suffers from the devastating effects of cancer
there is a loved one who is also suffering. Every day can be difficult.
Oftentimes it can be a lonely and depressing period for the patient and
the caregiver as well.
Below are five steps developed by the National Foundation for Cancer Research (NFCR) to help you assist a loved one with cancer:
1. Be open with your fears and anxieties about the disease
— It is common the patient and the caregiver are frightened by a
cancer diagnosis. That is why it is important both of you sit down and
discuss your fears and concerns up front. By being honest, you will be
able to support each other as the treatment progresses.
2. Assist in treatment decisions
— It is important the supporting caregiver and the patient face
the difficult decisions about diagnosis and treatment together. If
possible, both should attend the meetings with the doctor where
treatment decisions will be discussed. It may help to decrease your
anxieties about the treatments and help you both understand any side
3. Provide a comfortable environment for the cancer patient
— By paying attention to the details of comfort for your loved
one, you will help them have to deal with one less item on their
4. Maintain a balance for yourself
— It is important you and the person you care for continue to
take time for the usual day-to-day activities. This will help you feel
less overwhelmed and keep a healthy life balance.
5. Don't be afraid to seek the support of others
— People don't need to face cancer by themselves. Seek the
support of other family members and friends, other cancer patients,
religious help, cancer support groups, doctors, and mental health
these steps and facing cancer together it can strengthen everything
that is good in a relationship," said Franklin Salisbury, president of
NFCR. "Providing a supportive environment helps the patient's and
family's ability to deal with the crisis, promotes mutual support and
helps to sustain relationships."
For more information, visit: www.nfcr.org.