When Someone You Love Has Advanced Cancer is for friends and family members taking care of a person with advanced cancer that is no longer responding to treatment or someone diagnosed with late-stage cancer. Being a caregiver to someone you care about may mean helping with daily activities, coordinating care, or offering emotional support. But for someone taking care of an advanced cancer patient, caregiving brings added stressors and worries. During this time, it’s important that caregivers take care of themselves too.
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If your health care team believes that remission or recovery from cancer for your loved one may not be possible, making these transitions can be hard. This booklet contains some tips on taking care of a loved one, but is primarily for the caregiver. It offers suggestions for talking about end of life care and coping with the new decisions that need to be made for this time.
The information in this booklet was last updated in January 2012.