For patients, caregivers and family members of the CTCA Community
 
 
Caregiver Support

When your loved one has cancer, your first priority is helping him or her make the right decisions about fighting cancer—where to treat, what treatments to pursue and which integrated therapies to consider.

Your second priority is making the right decisions for yourself. Many caregivers fight so hard for their loved ones that they neglect their own well-being.

In addition to caring for a loved one, a caregiver's responsibilities may include keeping track of appointments and medications, preparing meals, house cleaning, child care, and listening and providing emotional support. As you care for your loved one, it may seem hard to find the time and energy to take care of yourself. It's normal for a caregiver to experience a range of emotions including:

- Helplessness
- Guilt
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Anger and frustration
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Anxiety, worry and depression
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Grief
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Loneliness

You are not alone. Here's how Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) and Cancer Fighters® may help you:

Connect with a Caregiver. No one can answer your questions like someone who has traveled a cancer journey themselves. Cancer Fighters Care Net (CFCN) is a network of CTCA® patients and caregivers who are available to talk to you, by phone, about their experiences with cancer. Simply click here and let us know what is important to you, and we will do our best to match you with a CFCN member by cancer type, experience with specific cancer treatment, gender and location. Please allow 24 to 48 hours for a member to contact you.

Survivorship Support Services. The Survivorship Program at CTCA is designed to help you create an effective and manageable set of strategies that can help you maintain physical, emotional and spiritual health and make the most of every day. Learn more at cancercenter.com.

 

Additional Resources

Along with the support of Cancer Fighters and CTCA, many caregivers find encouragement from these national cancer support organizations:

American Cancer Society. A cancer diagnosis affects close friends and family too. Find out what to expect if you become a caregiver for a person with cancer, and get tips for making sure that you take care of yourself as well. Visit the website to find additional resources and support at ACS.

Cancer Support Community. This is an international non-profit dedicated to providing support, education and hope to people affected by cancer. There is a growing realization that caregivers need support, and there are programs and services that can help you as you care for your loved one. Support groups are a good place to get information and advice about caregiving and cancer. Visit their website to find a local support group through CSC.

Imerman Angels. They partner with individuals seeking cancer support with "Mentor Angels." These 1-on-1 relationships inspire hope and offer the chance to ask personal questions and receive support from someone who is uniquely familiar with the experience. Mentor Angels can lend support and empathy while helping patients and caregivers navigate the system, determine their options and create their own support systems. Visit the website to request a caregiver mentor.