Family & Friends
Matters (National Cancer Institute)
from "Taking Time: Support for People With Cancer and the
People Who Care About Them"
Addresses the ways in which cancer may affect your family members
and your relationships. Topics include: changes to your roles in the family,
spouses and partners, children, adult children, parents and close friends.
for Cancer Supporters: Step-by-step Ways to Help a Relative or Friend
Fight Cancer (R.A. Bloch Cancer Foundation)
Part I of this guide provides excellent advice for relatives and friends
on how to provide support for a cancer patient. Chapters include: Understanding
the Patient, Making a Decision to Fight, Getting in Charge, Knowledge,
Medical Treatments, Considering the Prognosis, Replacing Depression, and
Suggested Actions. Part II provides a brief overview of cancer treatments,
but is a bit dated (c.1995), so don't rely on this section for treatment
information. Part III offers tips to "casual" supporters (such as neighbors
and business associates) of cancer patients on how to best offer support.
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