Cancer Articles for Caregivers

  • When Your Caregiving Days Are Over

    I am a facilitator of a Cancer Caregiver Support Group in Ohio. We have monthly meetings at two different facilities in two different counties on the second Tuesday and second Wednesday of the month. more

    12:53 PM


  • Laundry Night

    Laundry Night

    “I had a dream last night about water,” my mother says as we dice cantaloupe and brew our morning coffee. “I woke up with wet sheets.” more

    12:00 PM


  • The New Normal

    The New Normal Versus A New Beginning

    How many times in your caregiving have you heard the words “New Normal”? I myself have used the term in talking to others and at our cancer caregiver meetings. more

    3:05 PM


  • Bill and Kim Cunnea

    Why Do We Attend Support Groups?

    Especially after having gone through a life-threating illness? Do we want reminders of what may have been a difficult time for us? Apparently, we do. more

    2:10 PM


  • Lung Cancer Care

    Lung Cancer Care

    Coping with the diagnosis of cancer is only the beginning of the journey. The entire process of diagnosis, treatment and changes in lifestyle are day by day hurdles for both caregiver and loved one. more

    4:57 PM


  • Caregiving through a Doctor’s Eyes

    Photographer: James Gathany

    Caregiving through a Doctor’s Eyes

    Caregiving is universal. It knows no boundaries of age, race, religion, profession or economic status. Caregiving will touch all of our lives at some point along the way. more

    9:34 AM


  • Fran Drescher

    An Interview with Fran Drescher

    Fran Drescher is a patient advocate for people with cancer. Editor-in-Chief Gary Barg spoke candidly with Fran about cancer and caregiver advocacy. more

    2:05 PM


  • Risk of Infection During Chemotherapy

    Understanding Infection Risk During Chemotherapy

    People receiving chemotherapy may be at risk for getting infections. You are likely to be at higher risk between seven and 12 days after you have received each chemotherapy treatment more

    3:04 PM


  • Cancer Caregiver

    Recovery Room Kit

    If someone you love will be undergoing major surgery, it might be helpful to have your own survival kit. more

    10:59 AM


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    Keeping Safe at Home with Chemotherapy

    As more and more chemotherapy is given in outpatient clinics and at home, it is extremely important that caregivers and patients understand the risks and hazards that household members may be exposed to. more

    1:57 PM


  • Marilu Henner

    Marilu Henner, A Truly Fearless Caregiver

    Marilu Henner is a five-time Golden-Globe nominated actress who was a caregiver to her husband, diagnosed with bladder cancer. She sat down with Editor-in-Chief, Gary Barg for a wide ranging discussion about cancer and being a caregiver advocate. more

    4:00 PM


  • Caregiving by Men

    Caregiving by Men: A Husband's Perspective

    The formal diagnosis of ovarian cancer was confirmed after seven hours of surgery at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital. more

    2:00 AM



  • Hospice a Good Thing?

    How is Hospice a Good Thing?

    “How is Hospice a good thing?” a prospective client had asked me. more

    9:14 AM



  • stress reduction

    16 Stress Reduction Strategies

    Because caregiving is such a universal task, faced by nearly all of us at one time or another, I hope you find these strategies helpful. more

    6:52 PM


  • Terminal Diagnosis

    A Terminal Diagnosis Does Not Terminate Living

    Tips for Injecting Living into Dying Every day a daughter or son somewhere, or a sister or brother or parent, gets the news that a cherished loved one has been diagnosed with a terminal disease. more

    4:48 PM


  • Year of Alzheimer's

    A Year of Alzheimer's

    “It’s a Puh.. Puh… Puh… word.”  I desperately explained to my husband. He turned his head away from me and walked into the other room. I stood there alone, bereft, defeated, feeling the tears burn through my embarrassment and frustration. more

    5:13 PM


  • Trouble with Hope

    The Trouble with Hope

    I had a strained relationship with hope before my wife was diagnosed with cancer. more

    11:14 AM



  • helping eat

    Nine Ways to Get Someone to Eat

    A common nutritional problem that can affect someone in poor health is wasting or loss of body mass called cachexia-anorexia. It often is seen in advanced stages of Alzheimer’s and cancer. more

    4:42 PM


  • Cells


    I sit across the hall from my mother-in-law, Virginia, who is emitting 13.9 millirems of radiation. I have to shout when I speak with her because of the metal barrier that separates us. more

    2:32 PM


  • Only Child Caregiver

    The Only Child Caregiver’s Career

    I am one among millions of statistically likely only-child caregivers working on my own to provide care within the caregiving community. more

    5:04 PM



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