Family and friends

Family and friends

For some time you have been caring for someone with cancer. Now treatment is over. You and the person you were caring for are trying to resume a ‘normal life’.

While your caring role may not come to an end, there may be changes in what is needed from you. These changes can sometimes be difficult to adjust to, both for you and the person you are caring for.

You may not have any problems adjusting and in fact may feel relieved to be able to get back some of your independence. However some carers find the transition from active cancer treatment back to ‘normality’ difficult.

‘When Jim was having his cancer treatment I was so busy caring for him. I put a lot of my life on hold. Once treatment was over and I did have more time to do things I felt a bit unsure and lost. It was not as easy as I had thought it might be to just get on with life again.’ (Karen 56)

After treatment is over many carers can face similar challenges to the person who had the cancer. You may wonder how you will cope with:
  • your own emotions and personal relationships
  • changes in your close relationships
  • going back to work
  • reconnecting with people you may not have seen for a while
  • your fears about the cancer coming back and having to become a carer again
  • fear of getting cancer yourself.

As a carer it is important to be able to recognise your own concerns and needs. It can help a great deal to know where you can get help and support if you need it.

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Caring for a cancer survivor

Some of this information was adapted with permission from the Cancer Council Victoria booklet Caring for someone with cancer.

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