Many older people are looking after a partner, relative or friend who is disabled or ill. If you are a carer and also have cancer, you may feel overwhelmed. You will need time to think about whether you can care for someone while you are ill and possibly having treatment.
Having cancer treatment could affect your ability to care for someone else. Your doctor will tell you when your treatment can start and how long it might take. They will also talk to you about any possible side effects. This information can help you decide whether you can continue being a carer, or whether you will need to make other arrangements. The effect on your role as a carer might be temporary or longer-term.