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Caregivers need support too, here are some great tips and resources for you

Virginia Cancer Specialists Practice Blog

January 16, 2018
Virginia Cancer Specialists » VCS Practice News » Caregiving » Caregivers need support too, here are some great tips and resources for you

Today 80 percent of all cancer treatment occurs on an outpatient basis in community-based cancer centers, rather than in a hospital.  Therefore, the role of family caregivers is a significant factor in the treatment of a patient. Spouses are usually the primary caregivers and do not receive education or preparation for their role as a caregiver.  Therefore, caregivers require support and education to meet these demands.  They play a significant role in the management of their loved ones cancer treatment which often includes an increase in responsibilities and the management of household and work schedules.  Caregivers often express their concerns of meeting the needs of their loved ones and can be vulnerable both physically and emotionally in their new roles.   Fatigue being the number one concern for patients and their families may need assistance with meals, personal care, transportation, child care and housekeeping. Obviously, this is not the time for a patient or family to try and manage the complexities of cancer care alone.

NEW Phone Support Caregiving Support Group – click more here below for info.

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Resources for Caregivers:

  1. CancerCare: Toll-free 1-800-813-4673 http://www.cancercare.org
  2. Cancer Hope Network: Toll-free 1-877-467-3638 http://www.cancerhopenetwork.org
  3. Cancer Legal Resource Center: Toll-free 1-866-843-2572 http://www.disabilityrightslegalcenter.org/about/cancerlegalresources.cfm
  4. Family Caregiver Alliance/National Center on Caregiving: Toll-free 1-800-445-8106 http://www.caregiver.org
  5. Leukemia and Lymphoma Society: 1-800-955-4572 http://community@lls.org
  6. Lotsa Helping Hands http://lotsahelpinghands.com/
  7. National Alliance for Caregiving http://www.caregiving.org
  8. National Cancer Institute Toll free 1-800-422-6237 http://www.cancer.gov
  9. US American Cancer Society: Toll- free 1- 800 277-2345 http://www.cancer.org
  10. Caregivers- Cancer Support Community: Phone: 1-202-659-9709, Toll-free: 1-888-793-9355 mailto: help@cancersupportcommunity.org