Cancer Articles for Caregivers

  • 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


  • Pain Management

    Effective Pain Management

    Effective pain control improves the individual’s state of mind and ability to move through the healing process. There are a variety of options for pain control and doctors work toward addressing side effects that can occur with pain medications. more

    2:18 PM


  • 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


  • Nice Touch

    A Nice Touch

    The day began ominously enough.  Low clouds, shrouded in mourning colors, hung heavily in the sky, threatening to weep during the class at the Botanical Gardens. more

    8:22 AM


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


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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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • Spouse with Cancer

    5 Lessons on Dealing with a Spouse with Cancer

    While my husband David did not die from his cancer, his diagnosis did introduce the stark reality of what could happen. more

    4:21 PM


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    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


  • Two Relationships in One

    Two Relationships in One

    To be entrusted with the care of another human being is one of the greatest honors that can be bestowed on you more

    9:44 AM