For Friends & Family
Caring for a loved one with cancer can be challenging: physically, mentally, and emotionally. From the time of diagnosis and the uncertainty that comes with it, to addressing the needs of the patient through the cancer journey, we’re here for you.
A cancer caregiver is someone who helps another through cancer treatment. This could include daily activities (like providing meals, driving to/from appointments, and helping clean the house), to medical coordination (like attending doctor appointments and being involved in treatment discussions). Emotional support also plays a huge role in the caregiving experience.
If you’re a caregiver, don’t forget to also take care of yourself by:
- Engaging in the activities that make you happy
- Eating well
- Staying hydrated
- Managing stress
- Taking note of your personal needs
It’s a good idea to connect with a social worker or another mental health professional if you begin to feel stressed and overwhelmed.
Additionally, as a caregiver, it may be important for you to stay up to date on your loved one’s cancer. Learn all about colorectal cancer on our website, and learn about the potential side effects of treatment so that you can work with your loved one and their care team to make sure your loved one is experiencing their highest quality of life.
For Friends and Family
Having a friend or family member diagnosed with colorectal cancer can be an unexpected shock. If your loved one discloses their diagnosis to you, that’s a big deal. Cancer doesn’t just affect one person – it affects their entire network of family, friends, colleagues, and others. While some family and friends take the role of caregiver or primary caregiver, that doesn’t mean other friends and family don’t play an important role in the cancer experience. Even if you live a far distance from your loved one, you could play a meaningful role.
Parenting with Colorectal Cancer
Parenting children when you are living with colorectal cancer can be difficult emotionally, physically, and logistically. Getting support from your family, friends, and social workers can help you get through it.
Talking to Your Kids About Colorectal Cancer
Printable Coloring Sheets for Kids
Resources for Friends and Family
To speak to someone to help find resources in your area, contact the Fight CRC Resource Line at 1-877-427-2111 from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. ET Monday through Friday. The call line is available in English and Spanish.
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