Caregiving

Cancer Cachexia

Learn about the impact of cancer cachexia, a condition and watch a virtual meeting about the impact of this condition, which causes weakness, muscle loss, and drastic unintentional weight loss.

Support from a Distance

Learn how to navigate the issues that arise from providing cancer support to a friend or family member who lives at a distance from you.

Blog

Our blog covers a wide range of topics to help support, inspire, and inform people who have been impacted by cancer, including patients, caregivers, and survivors.
a mature woman shares in a support group
Read December 7, 2023

Must-Have Caregiver Tips to Get Organized, Find Help & Recharge

Need some help and support as a cancer caregiver? Need to recharge but can't find the time for self-care? Get practical tips and expert guidance from our Cancer Support Helpline’s Christina Bach, MBE, LCSW, OSW-C, FAOSW, and Nichole Goble, Director of Community Initiatives at the Caregiver Action Network. Christina and Nichole, who are long-distance caregivers, share personal and professional insight to help you thrive in your role as a care partner.
Cassie and her mom smile and embrace side by side outside on a patio
Read November 16, 2023

This Pageant Queen Is Shedding a Light on Cancer Caregiving

Caregivers can provide emotional and logistical support throughout a loved one’s cancer experience. Some caregivers do this while living hundreds of miles away from their loved one. During her reign as Miss District of Columbia USA 2023, Cassie Baloue has committed to bringing attention to this critical role and the importance of caregiver support. Here's her story.
Colorful umbrellas strung up in the sky
Read September 7, 2023

Erma’s Caregiver Story: The Extent of a Support System

Erma shares what she learned about caregiving through personal experience, including the importance of having a support network. “You start out in the beginning like, ‘Why me?" Erma reflected. "It’s not like life picked on you. Life just happened.” Keep reading to learn more about Erma's story.
Swiss and Spinach Strata
Read January 31, 2023

There's Nothing Like a Home-cooked Meal, Especially One to Help a Friend

If your friend has been diagnosed with cancer, you may be wondering how you can best support them. One great place to start is by asking if they’d like help with meals. Organizing healthy, home-cooked meals for your friend can be a perfect way to show your support and love as they navigate their diagnosis. Keep reading for 7 tips to help you get started.
Justin and Kelly laugh together during an evening out with friends in 2008
Read November 8, 2022

Lessons Learned: The Importance of Self-care When Caregiving

In 2007, Kelly unexpectedly became a caregiver when her husband, Justin, was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. "At 27 years old and having been married for only 3 months, I felt completely unequipped to take on the title of caregiver," she writes. "I was just getting used to being a 'Mrs.' and signing a new last name. Life was supposed to just be beginning for Justin and me." Keep reading to learn more about Kelly's story and some vital lessons she learned that are important for every caregiver to know.