General information How you might feel
When someone close to you has cancer, it’s natural to feel lots of strong emotions.
'I didn’t really consider myself as his carer.'
'I probably only realised I was a carer about halfway into Renate’s treatment.'
'I am his carer, but I'm his wife as well.'
'It takes a special kind of person to do what the Macmillan crowd do.'
In this report we show that cancer carers across the UK are under more pressure than ever before, and this is taking a toll on their health, finances and working lives.
Visit The Source and search for tips to help you support someone with cancer.
Do you care about carers? We are campaigning to make sure the 1.5 million people in the UK who look after a family member, friend or neighbour with cancer get the support they need.
Meet other people who understand what you’re going through. Find out about support groups, where to get information and how to get involved with Macmillan where you are.
Read about how Christine cared for her husband Ray throughout his cancer diagnosis and treatment. She now volunteers as a Community Champion on the Community.
Looking after a loved one with cancer? This is a safe and supportive place to share your worries and emotions. Please remember when posting that this group is for Carers only.
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