About one-third of our clients don’t have cancer themselves. They’re family members and friends of a person with cancer and they call us because they want to be helpful. They also have their own stresses and challenges.
If you are taking care of someone with cancer on a regular basis and are interested in receiving some support by phone, or other types of assistance, please contact Fran Spadafora Manzella at 277-0960 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We are here for you as we are here for your loved one with cancer.
- Join us for our Caregiver Group on the second Tuesday of each month from 5:30-7:00 pm at the Cancer Resource Center
Good Sources of Information
- Cancer Resource Center: Caregiver’s Guide
- National Cancer Institute: When Someone You Love is Being Treated for Cancer
- National Cancer Institute: When Someone You Love has Advanced Cancer
- National Family Caregivers Association
- CancerCare: Caring for Your Loved One with Cancer
- Bob Riter’s newspaper columns for the family and friends of those with cancer
Suggested Books for Caregivers
- Suggestions from Dana Farber Cancer Center
- American Cancer Society Caregiver Publications
- Cancer in Our Family
Models of Sharing Care
- Lotsa Helping Hands
- Share the Care
- Take Them a Meal
- CaringBridge (an excellent method of sharing information with family and friends)
Online Support Groups
The following are online resources to consider when you are looking for a place where you can vent your feelings, seek emotional support and information, and make a connection to people who are experiencing many of the same challenges that you are. One note of caution – please take care to respect the privacy of your loved one, share information and your perspective only with receptive audiences, and be cautious about medical information you find online.
- Caregiver.com: For, About and By Caregivers-many resources, including an online message board where caregivers can share resources, etc.
- Family Caregiver Alliance: Caregiver.org – The Caregiver Online Group is an un-moderated group for families, partners and other caregivers of adults with disorders such as Alzheimer’s, stroke, brain injury and other chronic debilitating health conditions. The group offers a safe place to discuss the stresses, challenges and rewards of providing care for a loved one.
- Inspire.com and WhatNext.com: Give individuals a way to connect, ask questions, and offer support without the need for discussions to take place in real time.
- There are also many cancer specific online groups where caregivers can find cancer-specific message boards or discussion groups such as Breastcancer.org and CancerForums.net“
- Well Spouse Association: A nonprofit 501(c)(3) membership organization that advocates for and addresses the needs of individuals caring for a chronically ill and/or disabled spouse/partner. They offer peer to peer support and educate health care professionals and the general public about the special challenges and unique issues “well” spouses face every day.
- Caregiver Burnout
- Living with Cancer: Becoming a Caregiver (Susan Gubar, New York Times)
- Excerpt from Lori Singer’s book, Help Me Live: 20 Things that People with Cancer want you to Know.
- 4 Self-Care Tips for Caregivers of Cancer Patients (Kat Koehler in CaregiverStress.com)Local Resources
- When a Loved One has Cancer: Communicating and Coping An informative and brief article on coordinating the care for your loved one with cancer from CareDiary)
- Living with Loss After Caregiving
- Tompkins County Office for the Aging: Resources for Caregivers in Tompkins County
- Family and Children’s Service of Ithaca: Caregiver Counseling
- “Powerful Tools for Caregivers” is a six session educational program designed to give caregivers the tools to care for themselves. Learn how to reduce stress, increase communication, improve confidence, balance your life, and identify local resources. To register or for more information, call the Tompkins County Office for the Aging at 274-5488.