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5 Tips for the Cancer Caregiver

by Deborah J. Cornwall

Caregivers are at the center of the cancer experience, though they’re often invisible. Every­one asks how the person in treatment is doing, but people just assume that you, the caregiver, are fine, because they see you soldiering on. Everyone who is diagnosed with can­cer needs an engaged caregiver who will manage access to treatments, sustain some normalcy day-to-day, and fuel hope for a cancer-free future. If you’re new to the caregiver role, here is some ad­vice to help you get the lay of the land.

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Caregiving with Love

by Guy Magar

Whether it’s your wife, husband, or child, or a relative or close friend you’re caring for, it is paramount that you become the best caregiver possible for your loved one. As a caregiver for my wife, Jacqui, during her brave journey to beat acute myeloid leukemia, here is what I learned.

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My Cancer Circle™ Online Tool for Cancer Caregivers Now Available

Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and CancerCare® have launched My Cancer Circle™ (MyCancerCircle.net), an online tool that enables caregivers of people facing cancer to organize and coordinate a circle of family members and friends to provide practical and emotional support.

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Telling the Truth

by Sarah Whalen

If cancer has taught me anything, it’s to tell the truth and know the facts. Dad has cancer. That’s the truth. But all the possibilities and outcomes and all the things we dream about, cry about, and have nightmares about – those aren’t facts. They are things that may happen, good or bad, but they’re not facts. Not yet.

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Caring from a Distance

by Polly Mazanec, PhD, CNP

In the past, families often lived around the corner from one another, making it easy to help loved ones who were living with cancer. Now, caregiving is more chal­lenging because many adult children live far away from their parents due to eco­nomic reasons, employment, and school. They are today’s “distance caregivers.”

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November is National Family Caregivers Month

Across our country, millions of family members, neighbors, and friends provide care and support for their loved ones during times of need. With profound compassion and selflessness, these caregivers sustain American men, women, and children at their most vulnerable moments, and through their devoted acts, they exemplify the best of the American spirit. During National Family Caregivers Month, we pay tribute to the individuals throughout America who ensure the health and well-being of their relatives and loved ones.

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Caring for a Loved One with Cancer

Many cancer patients today receive part of their care at home. People with cancer are living longer, and many patients want to be cared for at home as much as possible. This support is often given by family caregivers. Today, family caregivers do many things that used to be done in the hospital or a doctor's office. In fact, they play a large role in the health care system in the United States.

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Coming Full Circle as a Caregiver

by Susan Beausang

I never stop learning from my mother. Through Mom, I am learning what it is like to make your way through cancer treatment at the age of 89. It is nothing like the mom I witnessed facing and beating cancer over 30 years ago. The medical system, cancer treatment, and most importantly, Mom have changed. This experience guiding, caring, and advocating for Mom has me more convinced than ever of the importance of patient advocates and personal caregivers.

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