Caregiving 101

When your loved one receives a cancer diagnosis, both your lives are forever changed. It’s normal to feel a range of emotions – overwhelmed, frightened, numb, unfocussed, lost and unprepared. The road ahead will seem daunting and you will likely have lots of questions. Here you’ll find information on what to expect when caring for a loved one with cancer.

Taking care of yourself as
a caregiver1

For most caregivers, being there when a loved one needs you can be very rewarding. However, on top of your usual work and household chores, you are also caring for a loved one with cancer, going to appointments with them, and making treatment decisions. With so much to do, it is only natural to feel angry, frustrated, exhausted, alone or sad. You may be a caregiver, but you still have your own needs to take care of.

Put time aside for yourself to do the things that you enjoy

Take care of your own health and wellbeing

Know what you can’t do

Accept Help

1 American Cancer Society. If you’re about to become a cancer caregiver. Available at