Here are some helpful sites that are full of information, guidance, and tools to assist you in your role as a caregiver.
National Cancer Institute publications
The National Cancer Institute publishes a full library of resources for cancer patients and care-givers. Visit their online patient education library to browse their resources.
National Cancer Institute
Many of these publications are available at the Patient and Family Education Resource Center on the third floor of the South Lake Union Clinic.
- Facing Forward—Life After Cancer Treatment: www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/coping/life-after-treatment
- When Someone You Love is Being Treated for Cancer
- Taking Time: Support for People with Cancer
- Guide for Family Caregivers in Cancer
- Caring for the Caregiver
No matter where you live, there is still a lot you can to do help care for a friend or family member with cancer.
National Institute on Aging: Getting Started with Long-Distance Caregiving
Patient's employee rights
Cancer patients have employee rights. The Americans with Disabilities Act applies to job applicants and employees who have or have had cancer.
There are many helpful organizations especially for people who are caring for others. Here are a few:
- Caregiver.com: www.caregiver.com
- Family Caregiver Alliance: www.caregiver.org
- Lotsa Helping Hands: www.lotsahelpinghands.com
- Well Spouse Foundation: www.wellspouse.org
Communicate with friends and family
Are you the primary point of contact for a cancer patient? These services give you a place to share information and to communicate your needs to your personal network.
Caregivers or patients can start a free blog and share their stories.
- Caring Bridge: www.caringbridge.org/
- Care Pages: www.carepages.com/
- Meal Train: Organize friends and family to help with meals. www.mealtrain.com
- Caresi: Created by SCCA, this app helps you simplify and manage your care.
Download the app for iOS devices here or the web version at Caresi.com.
- Stand With: Make communication between caregivers, patients, and the rest of your network easier
- My Pillbox: Keep track of when you need to give medication