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Remember to take care of yourself while you are caring for others.

Are you providing care and support for someone with cancer?

You may be a family member or friend who is providing physical, practical or emotional support to someone with cancer. Our cancer patients often receive most of their treatment and support as outpatients so they are able to spend more time at home. 

Sometimes the type of care that your family member needs is new for you. It may involve switching roles, personal care or doing practical tasks. You might need to change your priorities or add responsibilities to your already busy life. 

While giving care is rewarding it can also be stressful or overwhelming. It is important to find out what services and supports are available to help you balance caring for others with self-care.

Getting support

A variety of resources are available for family caregivers. Click the "+" sign(s) below for more information.

At a cancer centre
In the community
  • through Canadian Cancer Society: an online community where you can connect, learn and share your stories with people with similar experiences with cancer.

  • Family Caregivers support groups list for BC communities and Support line at 1-877-520-3267

Visit Financial Assistance for more information on applying for employment insurance, compassionate care benefits and family caregiver benefits.

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