Who can help?
Many people are available to help you and your family.
Many people are available to help you and your family. In the hospital you can speak to the doctors, specialist nurses and the transplant coordinator. Different people can offer support in the community. District nurses work closely with GPs and, if needed, they can make regular visits to patients and their families at home.
The hospital social worker is also often able to help in many ways, such as giving information about social services and other benefits you may be able to claim while you are ill. For example, you may be entitled to a home help or hospital fares. The social worker may also be able to help arrange childcare during and after treatment and, if necessary, help with the cost of childminders.
Some people need more than advice and support. You may find that the impact of cancer leads to depression, feelings of helplessness and anxiety. Specialist help in coping with these emotions is available. Some people find it easier to talk to someone who is not directly involved with their illness. You can ask your specialist or GP to refer you to a psychologist or counsellor who specialises in the emotional problems of people with cancer and their relatives.
Our cancer support specialists can tell you more about counselling and let you know about services in your area. Some hospitals have their own emotional support services with specially trained staff. Nurses may have had training in counselling and can also give advice about practical problems. Some people may find it helpful to talk to a spiritual or religious adviser.