It can be very difficult watching someone you care about go through cancer treatment, especially if their cancer keeps getting worse. This brochure offers some ways you can help a loved one who has an advanced stage of cancer.
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When Loved Ones Can No Longer Care for Themselves
It can be very difficult watching someone you care about go through cancer treatment, especially if their cancer keeps getting worse. If you are caring for someone with advanced cancer, remember that the main goal is to help ease their suffering. Your role should be to help your loved one get through the rest of their life with dignity, comfort, and ease. You may need to accept that they can no longer do the activities they once did. This may include the simplest of tasks or activities you used to do together.
Helping someone with advanced cancer
Here are some ways you can help a loved one who has an advanced stage of cancer:
Be prepared for changes
Your loved one with advanced cancer may undergo changes in their:
Understanding these changes before they happen may make them easier to handle.
Other practical concerns
You may have helped your loved one keep track of records such as prescriptions, side effects, and appointments. Continuing to do this can make things more manageable. Here are some other practical things you should consider: