Support from a Distance

When a parent, sibling, relative or friend has been diagnosed with cancer, and they don’t live with you, it is difficult to know how and when to get involved. You may not consider yourself to be a “caregiver” but you likely care a great deal and want to help.

Long-Distance Caregiver

The term “Long-Distance Caregiver” is often used for anyone who provides some form of physical, emotional, spiritual, financial or logistical support to a person with a serious illness, though they live at a distance from the person needing care. If you find yourself in this position, this section is written to help you navigate the issues that arise from the point of diagnosis, through periods of treatment, to survivorship or the possibility of bereavement.

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Support from a Distance Comprehensive Caregiving Guide

This booklet is written for long distance caregivers to help navigate the issues that arise from the point of diagnosis, through periods of treatment, to survivorship or the possibility of bereavement.

Contents:

  • Who is a Long-distance Caregiver
  • Relationships
  • Practical Considerations
  • Long-Distance Support at Diagnosis
  • Long-Distance Support During & After Treatment
  • Long-Distance Support FOR Advanced Disease
  • Resources

Caregiving Guide

Radio Show

In the United States, families are often spread all over—sometimes on opposite coasts or in opposite climates. In fact, it is estimated that 7 million people in the U.S. are long-distance caregivers. On this Frankly Speaking About Cancer Radio Show, guest host Linda House and Sara Goldberger, Senior Director of Programs at the Cancer Support Community, will talk about common challenges of being a long-distance caregiver, unique ways that a long-distance caregiver can be helpful and how to handle the emotional impacts of caregiving on families.

Listen to the Radio Show

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