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Caregiver Guides

For some caregivers, switching into these new roles and schedules can be stressful. For this reason, many well-known cancer organizations have published guides on caring for a loved one with cancer.

The resources below are designed for caregivers during different stages of care.

ASCO Answers Caregiving ebook
American Society of Clinical Oncology

ASCO Answers is a collection of oncologist-approved patient education materials developed by ASCO for people with cancer and their caregivers.

When Someone You Love Is Being Treated for Cancer
National Cancer Institute

When Someone You Love Is Being Treated for Cancer is for friends or family members caring for a person with cancer. This booklet is not about how to take care of someone with cancer. Instead, it’s about how caregivers can care for themselves while coping with the highs and lows of caring for someone with cancer. It gives communication and self-care tips to focus on your needs while helping your loved one too.

When Someone You Love Has Completed Cancer Treatment
National Cancer Institute

When Someone You Love Has Completed Cancer Treatment is for friends and family members of a person who has finished cancer treatment. Until now, many caregivers have focused on getting the patient through treatment. But once treatment is over, many changes and shifts take place for everyone.

Once treatment ends, many caregivers aren’t sure what to do next. It can be a time of mixed emotions where the full impact of what they’ve gone through with their loved one may start to hit. This booklet offers tips and strategies to cope with these transitions.

When Someone You Love Has Advanced Cancer
National Cancer Institute

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 end-stage cancer.

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.

Caregiver Resource Guide
American Cancer Society

Learn how to care for yourself as a caregiver, better understand what your loved one is going through, develop skills for coping and caring, take steps to help protect your health and well-being, find important resources for getting help and support.

General Caregiving Resources

AARP: Family Caregiving

AARP’s (American Association of Retired Persons) Caregiving Resource Center provides family caregivers with information, tools and resources to help them on their caregiving journey.

Find tools, worksheets, and tips on how to plan, prepare, and succeed as a caregiver. Includes information on caregiving options, housing, legal issues, financial matters, care for the caregiver, and more.

American Cancer Society

Find general information about cancer and cancer resources. Content available in Spanish.


CancerCare® is a leading national organization for patients and survivors, caregivers or loved ones, and health professionals. They provide free, professional support services and information to help people manage the emotional, practical and financial challenges of cancer. Content available in Spanish.

Family Caregiver Alliance

Provides information and resources for long-term caregiving, including practical skills, how to hold family meetings, decision-making, assistive equipment, online support. Search their Family Care Navigator to find state-specific resources. Content available in multiple languages.

North Carolina Basnight Cancer Hospital Support & Services: Comprehensive Cancer Support Program (CCSP)

The Comprehensive Cancer Support Program is helps patients and their loved ones with cancer treatment, recovery, and survivorship. This includes support, counseling and psycho-oncology services, nutrition, financial and legal assistance, caregiver programs, health coaching and physical activity, and more. Content available in Spanish.