In your role as a partner, family member, friend or neighbour of someone with cancer, you will likely be a source of support and care to your loved one throughout their cancer diagnosis and treatment. It can take time to adjust to this role, which may change over time, particularly if you are undertaking a formal carer role or helping out as required.
We understand the impact a cancer diagnosis has upon the whole family. Icon’s priority is to support your loved ones and ensure you make time for yourself too.
In your role as a carer or support person, you can assist in the following ways:
It can be overwhelming for the person with cancer to navigate their treatment and keep track of different information. You can support them by assisting them manage their medical journey. This may include: taking notes during consultations with their doctor, organising future appointments, helping keep a record of side effects and symptoms or working with Icon’s care team to help make treatment and care decisions on your loved one’s behalf.
Your loved one may experience physical side effects impacting their day-to-day life and may often feel like their life is on hold. They will appreciate the offer of any practical support such as helping to care for children, cleaning the home, preparing meals or organisation of transport to and from treatment.
Offering emotional support and companionship to your loved one can often mean the most. To provide emotional support through this difficult time, some ways include: communicating with family and friends, actively listening, providing understanding and comfort or helping them access professional support if required.
Legal and Financial
To assist your loved one with organising their affairs can help make things easier for them and their family. Your assistance with arranging an appointment with a lawyer to make legal arrangements, helping with paperwork or finding the appropriate support to manage the financial impact, can support your loved one during a difficult time.
It is important to take time to look after yourself in the role of a carer to someone with cancer. The role of a support person or carer is rewarding, yet demanding at times.
As a carer, you can access professional services and support programs to support your emotional and physical needs.