Advice for Caregivers of Cancer Patients

What to know

We offer helpful tips for caring for cancer patients and yourself, as well as links to more detailed information and resources.

An older cancer patient smiles as her adult daughter looks on.


If you are caring for a person with cancer, you are a very important part of the cancer patient's care team. Your role may change over the course of treatment. For example, you may provide mainly emotional support at the time of diagnosis, and take on daily tasks later on. You may help your loved one with household chores, personal hygiene, going to the doctor, and even paying bills.

While you're caring for your loved one with cancer, don't neglect to take care of yourself as well. Caring for someone with cancer can be very stressful.

With You All the Way: Lessons from a Cancer Caregiver

In this video, Kimberly Smith shares lessons she learned while caring for her mother, who had breast cancer.