1414 S.W. Eighth Ave.
Topeka, Kan. 66606
Stormont-Vail Cancer Center
At the Stormont Vail Cancer Center, we recognize that patients aren’t the only ones on this new journey. There are many positive experiences that come from being a caregiver, such as discovering your own personal strength and deepening your relationship with the patient (Haley, 2003). However, there are many stresses involved as well.
Being a caregiver can take away time from your other duties of life, including work, family, and taking care of your own needs. The added stress can affect your physical and mental well being, so it is important to continue to take good care of yourself.
The team at the Stormont Vail Cancer Center is dedicated to giving you the support that you need when you need it. Please don’t hesitate to ask for assistance if you have questions, or are struggling to cope.
The social workers and nurses at the Stormont-Vail Cancer Center are available as an extra support as needed.
Connecting with a group of people who are walking a similar path can be very helpful in coping with being a caregiver. Support groups are available in person at the cancer center on Mondays from 11 a.m. to noon in the library (patient/family support group), and a caregiver specific group on Tuesdays from 2 to 3 p.m. in the library at the cancer center.
Online support groups are available at www.cancercare.org.
Another online resource, A Communication Guide for Caregivers, may be helpful.
Haley, W.E., 2003. Family caregivers of elderly patients with cancer: understanding and minimizing the burden of care. J Support Oncol 1 (4 Suppl 2): 25-9.