If you look after someone with cancer, it can be hard to cope with your feelings. It’s important to look after yourself too.
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Supporting someone who is having treatment for a brain tumour can be a challenge. Many people make a good recovery but it can take time for the brain to heal. Some people have permanent physical changes or changes to how they think or behave.
This can be stressful for everyone involved. It can be especially difficult if you are the main carer. Ask for support from other family members and friends who are willing to commit to helping you. Remember to take time off regularly to look after your own physical and emotional health.
One of the hardest things to cope with is personality changes in someone you love. Sometimes if can help to remember that these changes are caused by the tumour or treatments. They are not intentional. Always let the specialist doctor or nurse know about any changes and especially ones that are difficult. They can give both of you advice and support. They may arrange extra support from other specialists such as a neuropsychologist or occupational therapist.
You might find it helpful to focus on coping with the behaviour rather than trying to change it:
You may think that you’re the last person who should need help. But if you’re a partner, relative or friend of someone affected by a brain tumour you may need information and support too.
Our online community has groups run by and for carers. This can be a good way to share experiences and ask questions.
Or you may find some of the courses for carers on our Learn Zone website helpful.
We also have more information for carers, including practical tips and information.
And if you need to talk, call the Macmillan Support Line free on 0808 808 00 00, Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm.
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