Cancer Articles for Caregivers

  • 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


  • 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



  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • stress reduction

    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


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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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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



  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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



  • 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


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