Family & Friends

Partners, Family and Friends (Carers)

Who is a carer?

A carer is someone who helps and supports a person through a disease or disability such as cancer.
Carers can provide support in different ways: practical, physical, emotional and spiritual.
You may be a relative, friend or neighbour. Anyone can become a carer – it doesn’t matter what your age, gender, sexuality, profession or cultural background is.
You may provide care for a short time or over months or years. Care may be needed for a few hours once a week or on a 24-hour basis.
Sometimes a carer lives interstate or overseas and helps by coordinating care by phone, email or the internet.
You may not see yourself as a carer, rather someone simply taking care of a person who needs you. You may see becoming a carer as a natural extension of your relationship with the person with cancer. Some people accept the change in the relationship while others may feel they had no choice or it was something they felt they “should” do. Whether or not you specifically identify as a carer, you should be aware that practical, financial and emotional help and support is available to you.
The articles available below provide a range of practical tips, strategies, information and relevant links for those caring for a partner, family member or friend with cancer.

Please share your experiences* in the Partner, Family and Friends Discussion area*.

As well as accessing ‘carer’ discussions and blog posts, you can also access our INFORMATION FOR CARERS.

These articles outline and provide tips and strategies about Emotions, Communication, Practical Issues, Death and Dying and Grief, Loss and Bereavement.

If you are new to Cancer Connections, we also invite you to share your own story and experiences* in our Introductions area.

*PLEASE NOTE: you will need to register to share your stories and experiences or add comments on the website.