Making decisions about care

As a carer, it’s important to find a balance between what support you want to give and what support you can actually give.

Each person with cancer is an individual with their own wishes and needs, and it’s important to respect their preferences. However, they may not always ask for help. This might be because they don’t want to burden you. Or it may be because they don’t realise the demands that the illness and treatment may create. Their need for support may change over time.

These tips may help when you’re thinking about how involved you should be as a carer.

At a time of uncertainty, your relative or friend may need to feel in control of their life. So wherever possible, they should be involved in making decisions about their care.

Talking about what support you can provide will help you identify what’s needed. This may include being someone to listen, someone to share thoughts and feelings with, or someone to provide practical help such as driving, shopping or housework.

It may be that you don’t feel able to provide the type of support they need. There are a range of support organisations here to help you.

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Being a carer

As more and more people are living with cancer, a greater number of people are taking on caring responsibilities.

Being there during diagnosis and treatment

When the person you care for is having tests or being treated for cancer, you may face a range of practical and emotional issues

Talking about your caring responsibilities at work

You don’t have to tell your employer about your caring responsibilities, but if you do, it can help them support you.

Caring when the illness gets worse

If cancer gets worse, you may no longer be able to care for your loved one at home. Support is available to help you.

Making decisions about work

If you’re a carer you may want to stop working temporarily or completely. It’s important to consider the implications of your decision.

Support for you

Caring for someone with cancer can be challenging and tiring. Help is available to support carers and enable them to look after their loved one.

Your rights at work

It's important to be aware of your legal rights as a carer. Your human resources department may be able to help you.

Carers Week 8 - 14 June 2015

Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of the 6.5 million carers in the UK and highlight the challenges they face.