Resources for Caregivers
Loved ones take on the role of caregiver without special training or
knowledge about how to provide care, and often they feel unprepared,
overwhelmed and alone. Caregiving can be stressful and frustrating.
Though caregivers often find dealing with cancer brings them closer to
their loved ones, they alternatively feel overly responsible for the
patient’s health and condition. There are resources for caregivers
online, in the community, and through the Center that aim to make
caregiving easier and more rewarding. We encourage all caregivers to
make use of these, to accept help and support, and most importantly, to
care for themselves.
A guide for taking care of yourself while caring for others from Dana
The American Cancer Society offers suggestions on How to Provide Care.
Dana Farber’s Website for Caregivers provides a comprehensive listing of services and support.
Strength For Caring provides information and support for caregivers exclusively.
National Cancer Institute’s Caring for the Caregiver
Caregiver Support Services at CancerCare
CareRunner offers a wide range of tools designed specifically for non-professional
caregivers. The site is free and their goal is simply to relieve some of
the stresses of coordinating care for a loved one. CareRunner members
are able to coordinate care activities, communicate with family and
friends, manage health and prescription records, and learn more about
health conditions and caregiving strategies. 847-922-1584
National Cancer Institute’s When Someone You Love is Being Treated For Cancer
Care Pages are
free, personal, private web pages that help family and friends
communicate when someone is receiving care. 866-981-4900
Caring Bridge is a free, nonprofit web servicethat connects family and friends to share
information, love, and support during times of crisis, treatment, and
Food, Nutrition, Physical Activity and the Prevention of Cancer: a
Global Perspective The production of the Second Expert Report, Food, Nutrition, Physical
Activity and the Prevention of Cancer: a Global Perspective, has been a
huge undertaking for the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) global
network, involving over 100 scientists from 30 different countries. WCRF
and the American Institute for Cancer Research commissioned and funded
the report, but the content has been driven by an independent panel of
21 world renowned scientists. The Expert Panel worked for five years to
assess the research and their conclusions and recommendations are firmly
based on the scientific evidence.
The Internet has a wide variety of general nutritional information and
sites with healthy recipes. Here are a few:
World’s Healthiest Foods
Eastern Area Agency on Aging