Encore: When Your Loved One Has Cancer

February 9, 2016
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This Saturday is Valentine’s Day—and if your Valentine is living with cancer this day can often have a deeper meaning. According to the National Cancer Institute, a caregiver often feels just as much distress as the patient, if not more. The demands of caregiving depend on several different variables, including the stage of disease, the type of symptoms experienced, functional ability, level of fatigue and treatment side effects. How a spouse responds to their partner’s cancer diagnosis and treatment can be just as important as how the patient responds. This episode of Frankly Speaking About Cancer is all about caregivers—from what it means to be a spouse and caregiver to tips on providing care and love to your partner through Valentine's Day and every day.