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For Cancer Caregiver

What it Means to Be a Caregiver

Caregivers are typically family members or close friends who assist a person with cancer by offering support and managing tasks. “As a caregiver, you may have a range of responsibilities on a daily or as-needed basis, depending on the needs of your loved one,” says Peggy Lang, N.P., coordinator of the multidisciplinary and screening clinics at the Lung Cancer Program at the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center. Your responsibilities may include:

  • Coordinating medical appointments
  • Providing a ride to appointments
  • Communicating with the cancer care team
  • Providing support and encouragement
  • Giving medications
  • Handling insurance and financial issues
  • Helping with tasks such as cleaning, grocery shopping and paying bills

How to Cope as a Caregiver

While caring for a person with cancer is complex, there are strategies to help you become a successful caregiver. You don’t have to do this alone. If some of the day-to-day responsibilities become overwhelming, get help from family and friends.