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Blessing of the Caregiver's Hands

If you are currently a caregiver, or are about to become one, we first want to say — thank you.

Caregiving is a very important role that takes time, sacrifice, patience, understanding, and love. Whether you are a friend, partner, spouse, or family member of a loved one with cancer, you are a key part of their healthcare team.

Just like doctors, nurses, and other hospital staff, you too are on the front lines of the cancer diagnosis, treatment, and recovery.

Caregiving is not an easy job. It is an experience that can be puzzling and overwhelming and very rewarding. The N.C Basnight Cancer Hospital is committed to supporting caregivers like you, and believes that you deserve as much support as your loved one during this difficult time. This resource was created just for you and has resources and information to guide you through this journey.

Caring for a loved one with cancer is a role that often requires caregivers to wear many hats. In addition to providing emotional support for your friend or family member, you may also be responsible for a number of tasks that you have not done before.

Cancer can affect your loved one both emotionally as well as physically, and you may find yourself offering  them emotional support. The resources in this section can help you and your loved one manage the emotional issues that arise throughout the cancer journey.

Help prepare for hospital visits and make a plan for making appointments, transportation, and other important items. Find information about the N.C Basnight Cancer Hospital, building relationships with the care team, and being an advocate for your loved one.

Caring for yourself is one of the most important—and one of the most often forgotten—things you do as a caregiver. The resources in this section can help you maintain important relationships, create support networks, and connect to physical and mental health well-being support.

When a family member is diagnosed with cancer, helping children and other family members understand the diagnosis can be a difficult. This section offers guidance on how to talk about cancer with your children and family members, as well as balancing different caregiving roles.

A cancer diagnosis can affect so many parts of our lives, including finances. Additionally, cancer can bring up a number of legal issues for a caregiver and their loved one to consider.

More information and guides to support caregivers.