Breast Cancer

Caring for Someone who has cancer

How can my family and friends help?

Families and friends can support people through their cancer journey in different ways. Some can offer a listening ear and give advice if needed. Some may gather information on cancer to know what their loved one can expect and what they are going through. Others may prefer to help in a practical way with traveling to and from the hospital, with childcare, cooking, shopping or housework. It may take time to know which way suits you and your friend or relative best.

If you are a carer

Being a partner, carer or friend of someone with cancer can be both a challenging and a rewarding experience. You may also be worried about the future, have fears about the effects of treatment, recurrence and about future tests. It is important to take care of yourself and keep your spirits and strength up and to keep yourself in good health.

  • Learn as much as you can about cancer so you understand what you can do to help and what to expect from treatments.
  • Share your worries with your friends and make sure you go out from time to time even if you don’t feel like it. And try and take a break each day if you are living with someone who is anxious or depressed. It is important to have something to look forward to each day. Otherwise treat yourself at home or relaxing break – reading, watching TV, enjoy a massage or simply an early night.