a list of resources for cancer caregivers

I must admit writing and thinking about cancer bring some heaviness to my heart. This post will be the last one about it hopefully for at least a couple of days.

I know a wonderful caregiver, who despite her senior age silently and all alone cried, suffered, and endured, and with almost no support from the rest of the family relentlessly cared for her daughter and helped her recover from cancer.

This caregiver will always have a special place in my heart and I will always have an incredible respect for her resilience, strength, and determination.

Caregivers are wonderful. I personally take this moment to recognize and appreciate their efforts, to thank them, and to let them know what an important role they have had in patients’ lives.

Caregivers’ emotional, physical, financial, and other needs I find are somehow neglected or not acknowledged. Yet, they may need support, understanding, and care, too.

I have collected some links below, which I hope may be useful. I am sure there are many out there, please feel free to explore.



National Cancer Institute’s (USA) “Caring for Caregivers” booklet http://www.cancer.gov/publications/patient-education/caring-for-the-caregiver.pdf

American Cancer Society (USA) “What it takes to be a caregiver” booklet:http://www.cancer.org/acs/groups/cid/documents/webcontent/003199-pdf.pdf

Coping checklist for caregivers” link

Distress checklist for caregivers” link

Canadian Cancer Society (Canada) “If you are a caregiver” link

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO; USA) “Caregiver support” link at Cancer.Net

UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center’s (USA) “25 tips for caregivers” link


2 thoughts on “a list of resources for cancer caregivers

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  1. Yes, caregivers are like angels. I always said it, we patients have a hard time dealing with cancer sometimes, but the caregivers have it hard too. I mean, we have no choice in dealing with our cancer but they do. And yet they make the sacrifices to care for us. That’s just amazing! And I am happy to say I have a great caregiver, my fiance.

    Caregivers play so many roles, not just the role to care for us, but to be a listener, to understand, to put themselves in our shoes, to be our advocate during hard times, to be there no matter how they feel or how painful the experience may be for them. This job isn’t easy.

    Thanks for acknowledging caregivers.

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