I'm looking after someone with cancer

If you're helping a loved one through cancer, Macmillan is here for you. You may feel like you're just doing your bit, but the help you provide is vital. We understand how this can sometimes affect you physically, emotionally and financially. You're likely to need support too and we're here to help.

You could start with these articles

How you might feel

When someone close to you has cancer, it’s natural to feel lots of strong emotions.

Support for you

Caring for someone with cancer can be challenging and tiring. Help is available to support you with looking after your loved one.

Carer’s Allowance

If you are caring for someone with cancer, you may be able to get financial help.

Your rights at work

It's important to be aware of your legal rights in the workplace. Your human resources department may be able to help you.

More information to help you

  • Find what's available near you

    What's going on near you? Find out about support groups, where to get information and how to get involved with Macmillan where you live.

  • Supporting someone with cancer

    From household chores or helping with personal care, to providing transport and just being there to talk – your support makes all the difference. We have lots of practical advice to help you.

  • Coping with your emotions

    It can be hard to keep putting on a brave face when someone you love has cancer. It can be an overwhelming experience and you may be going through a range of emotions. We have support and advice to help you cope.

  • Organising your finances

    Whether it's providing transport, picking up extra shopping or paying bills, your finances could feel the strain. You might have even reduced your working hours. Financial help may be available, including certain benefits.

  • Working while caring

    If you’re feeling the pressure of juggling work and supporting someone with cancer, you’re not alone. You have rights at work and there are laws in place to protect you. We can guide you through.

  • Information for young people

    If you're under 18 and help someone with cancer, such as a parent or sibling, we have information and advice written especially for you.