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:
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.