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I’m a carer / family member / supporter

Dealing with a family member or friend’s cancer diagnosis isn’t easy. It may take a long time to adjust. It can be physically, mentally and financially draining. If you’re finding this experience challenging, you’re not alone.  In fact, research has shown that carers often experience higher levels of distress than people with cancer themselves.  Here is some information that other rural people affected by cancer think might help.

  1. What to expect

  2. Sharing the diagnosis with family and friends

  3. Affordable accommodation options

  4. How you can help your friend/family

  5. How you can look after yourself

  6. Coping with other people’s reactions and expectations (e.g. offers to help and updates on progress)

  7. How to cope with the waiting

  8. Managing the person with cancer’s diet

  9. Dealing with treatment side-effects

  10. Other practical issues

  11. Support services that may be helpful

  12. Coping with the loss of a loved one

  13. Additional online resources


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