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  • Resources and Support for Cancer Caregivers

    Websites to Help People Caring for Cancer Patients

    Information, Education, and Support

    These online resources have been created specifically to help people who are caring for loved ones with cancer.

    Family Caregiving 101
    Getting started as a caregiver? The checklists and resource information on this site, sponsored by the National Alliance for Caregiving and the National Family Caregivers Association, give caregivers a head start.

    Caregiver resources from the National Cancer Institute
    These booklets cover everything from caring for yourself to caring for someone who has completed cancer treatment.

    Caregiver resources from the American Cancer Society
    The ACS offers resources to help caregivers cope, explains what cancer caregivers should expect, and provides advice on end-of-life issues.

    Resources from CancerCare
    This site can provide you with information on your loved one's diagnosis, self care, and telephone and online counseling services.

    The Family Caregiver Alliance
    This information and advocacy organization provides both policy information and practical help. Among its resources are caregiver information in Spanish and Chinese, "Caregiver University," and a searchable database of services.

    In addition to finding resources, this site allows caregivers to save critical information like medications, appointment schedules, and even doctor's names, so that information is centralized. The site also lets families create Web pages to organize a master care plan.

    Caregivers Bill of Rights
    From the Utah Coalition for Caregiver Support.

    National Family Caregivers Association
    This site includes tips and tools to help family caregivers deal with the emotional and practical sides of caregiving.

    Strength for Caring
    The "Just for Caregivers" section of this site provides a forum for learning about common concerns: managing guilt, holding family meetings, and handling stress, among other things.

    AARP Caregiving website
    While much of the information is targeted to adult children caring for aging parents, there is a wealth of information for any caregiver.

    Family Caregiver Handbook
    Find practical elder care resources for residents of Massachusetts.

    American Medical Association's caregiver self-assessment
    Caregiving can be stressful. Don't be too quick to write off your feelings of fatigue, pain, or stress. Call your doctor if symptoms persist. Take this Caregiver's Assessment to learn more.

    Depression screening quiz
    If you're having sleep or appetite problems, feeling irritable or tearful, or simply "blah," you might be depressed. Take this simple screening test to see if treatment for depression might be helpful to you.

    This all-purpose site contains useful self-care techniques, including tips for getting better sleep, self-help and support for depression, and relaxation techniques.

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