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If your relative or friend’s cancer gets worse, you may find that it’s no longer realistic for you to continue to look after them at home.
Try not to feel guilty or that you have failed in your role if the situation changes. Remember that as their illness develops, your relative or friend’s needs may change. A different type of care may make them feel more secure and safe.
The demands of caring may take their toll on you, too. You may both feel that the time has come to make other arrangements. It can help to talk about the situation and consider possible alternative arrangements which you would both feel happy about. The GP or community nursing staff can give you advice.
This can be a difficult time and will continue to affect how you work. If you’re no longer physically caring for your relative or friend, you may have more time to work, but feel emotionally less able.
It’s important to discuss the change in circumstances with your employer so that they can continue to support you.
Our section Caring for someone with advanced cancer| has useful information and advice that you might find helpful.
Content last reviewed: 1 May 2011
Next planned review: 2013
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