Supporting a loved one through a life challenge is often a matter of following your instincts. That’s not the case when someone close to you is diagnosed with cancer. After the initial shock wears off, friends and family can wonder what they should be doing to help. These expert tips can help you provide the right practical and emotional assistance.
As the saying goes, knowing is half the battle. To help a newly diagnosed patient, you’ll want to learn everything you can about the illness and available treatments — especially if you're helping them devise a care plan. Here are a few things to keep in mind.
Experts agree that patients and caregivers should try to develop a broad support network rather than relying on one or two people. "It’s helpful to spread the wealth. Remember that this is a marathon, not a sprint," Sosa said. Here are a few tips for sharing caregiving duties:
While the physical effects of cancer and treatment are tough, the emotional consequences may be no less difficult. Distress among cancer patients is associated with reduced quality of life and poorer clinical outcomes, according to the National Cancer Institute. Here are some ways to address a loved one’s emotional needs:
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Only members with an active medical plan and a female over the age of 35 on their plan will be able to connect to the support center at this time. We are working to expand access. The center is currently not available to Medicare, Aetna Student Health or JCA Members.
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