Help and Information
It is hard to see a loved one in pain or suffering through side effects of cancer treatment. If you feel that you need help coping with your feelings about a loved one’s illness, there is help available. The social services department at the hospital or doctor’s office may be able to help you or direct you to someone who can help. They may be able to suggest support groups for friends and families of people with cancer in your area. Sometimes the hospital chaplain or your own clergy can help. Asking around in your community for good counselors can be another good way to get the support and help you need. Helping yourself may be the best way to help your loved one.
You can also support the person who has cancer by learning more about the disease. Talk with an expert such as a doctor, nurse, or social worker, and call your American Cancer Society for information. The more you understand your loved one’s cancer, the better prepared you will be to help them cope with it.