The person you’re caring for may want you to be with them at different times during their diagnosis and treatment.
Some people like to have lots of independence for as long as possible. Others prefer to have someone with them for most of the time. The amount of support they need may vary from week to week, depending on what’s happening to them and how they’re coping.
One of the most helpful things you can do is to learn more about cancer and cancer treatments, so that you can understand what the person is going through. We have detailed information about different types of cancer and treatments.