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Support for Family, Friends and Caregivers

Cancer doesn’t affect only the person with the illness. It affects their family members and friends as well. The Cancer Support Community is here not only to meet the needs of cancer patients and survivors, but also to help the family members and friends who are facing cancer alongside a loved one.

Some family members and friends are direct caregivers. Others might play a more supporting role, helping with meals or children’s carpools. Still other might be providing support from a distance. Regardless of the role you are playing, rest assured that it is having an important impact on your friend or family member facing cancer.

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MyLifeLine connects cancer patients and caregivers to their community of family and friends for social and emotional support through a free, a unique communication platform and blog space that empowers patients and caregivers to share their journey and receive words of support, inspiration and encouragement.

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What to Expect: The Cancer Journey

As a family member or friend, you will be accompanying your loved one through their cancer journey. You may join the journey at the start. Or you may be jumping in midstream. These are some aspects of cancer you may encounter.

  • The Cancer Diagnosis: Your family member and friend will be gathering information and making treatment decisions.

  • Treatment: Many people affected by cancer consider treatment done after the last scheduled chemotherapy or radiation appointment. However, sometimes people must then continue some form of ongoing treatment, such as hormonal therapy.

  • Moving Beyond Treatment: Life is different after cancer. Your friend or family member will need to find a “new normal.”

  • Cancer Recurrence: Recurrence is a distressing event. This is a time when your friend or family member will need support, but it also is a time when communication can be difficult.

  • Advanced Disease: Cancer patients with metastatic disease must manage symptoms, tackle hard conversations and may struggle with their emotions. Family and friend can help by knowing what they are experiencing.

  • Caregiving: Caregivers face unique experiences.