At Memorial Sloan Kettering, we understand how difficult it can be to care for yourself when a loved one is ill. As the family member, friend, or caregiver of someone with cancer, you may find yourself taking on new responsibilities while coping with your own, sometimes-challenging emotions.
You may have to learn about your loved one’s diagnosis or treatment options, or help make decisions about care. This might involve learning new skills or giving medicines. You may also need to physically care for your loved one and help him or her manage symptoms like pain or nausea.
Providing care to a loved one can seem like a full-time job, one that is often performed in addition to paid employment and other important responsibilities. For many, the stress of caregiving can easily become overwhelming. You might feel fatigued, irritable, anxious, or even depressed. Have a look at the various resources MSK has to support you as you take on this role while also caring for yourself.