Caregivers have a special place in supporting a loved one with cancer. A number of resources can help you find information, support groups or even financial assistance. Visit our websiste for a more thorough list of websites, books, mobile apps, videos, groups and more to help you and your loved one throughout the cancer journey.
Finding support groups and counseling services
You may want to identify a support group for yourself, your loved one or both of you. The members of support groups can often provide strategies for navigating the cancer journey or recommendations about communicating your loved one’s needs to health care professionals.
Organizations that may be able to provide a list of support groups and/or provide counseling services are found here at https://www.healthpoint.co.nz/
Finding Head and Nekc Cancer treatment centers
Although it may be early in your loved one’s cancer journey, you may also want to consider determining if there are treatment centres near you or you will have to travel. Ask your doctor where the main centre for treatment will be for your loved one.
Larger hospitals treat cancer with multidisciplinary teams and often have access to clinical trials, which may be useful if your loved one has advanced head and neck cancer.
Locating financial assistance
Although it may be early in the cancer journey, you may wish to identify resources for financial assistance to help your loved one. Since primary caregivers often have to stop working or begin working part-time as a result of their caregiving responsibilities, you may find you have need for financial assistance or advice as well.
See our Entitlements section for advice on financial assistance, and help with travel.
Assistance for those who must travel for treatment
Some patients and their caregivers must travel to get appropriate treatment and/or rehabilitation for their head and neck cancer. The Cancer Society, gives cancer patients and their caregivers a place to stay when they are far from home. You will need to ask your doctor about a facility near you.
The Best Advice from a Care Giver.
My best advice is to keep a list. Write everything down. I had a notebook and recommend doing that. I never would have remembered all the questions. Write down the telephone number of anyone you might need to call.Ronnie W. (wife of cancer survivor)