Caring for a family member with leukemia can be overwhelming. Oncologist Hetty Carraway, MD, shares her seven best tips for caregivers.
Taking care of someone with a chronic illness like cancer poses unique challenges. How do you become a great caregiver?
Hospice and palliative care are terms often mistakenly used interchangeably. People tend to associate them both with the end of life. But that’s not always the case. Despite what many people may think, these two types of care aren’t synonymous. “People misconstrue the two all the time,” says palliative care specialist Krista Dobbie, MD. “We … Read More
Many of the patients we see at Taussig Cancer Institute have someone at home or a close friend who is helping them. This person – a caregiver – often is a spouse, a partner, an adult child, a parent or a close friend.
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Learning that you have cancer can make you feel terribly isolated. Suddenly you find yourself in a new, unfamiliar world. But you are not alone. Many people want to help support you through your treatment into survivorship.
One of the most frequent – and touching – questions we get on the Cancer Answer Line is from people whose spouses or partners have been newly diagnosed with cancer.
Imagine you work in the health care industry: You have the knowledge. You make the rules. Until one day you yourself experience a major health problem. Suddenly, everything changes. Now, you’re the patient in the bed. You’re the one who’s helpless and dependent. That’s what happened to the health care workers in this video. The … Read More
The Senior Games are a summertime showcase for older athletes. They know, being both athletes and seniors, for them heat exposure can be especially dangerous. When the heat kicks in, older people are more at risk than others. Ronan Factora, MD, a geriatrician at Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Geriatric Medicine, says seniors are simply more … Read More
If you are taking care of someone with Alzheimer’s at home, you’re not alone; this is a common scenario. There are ways to help you cope with the challenges, including stress — and the sadness and frustration that can accompany it. To make life more comfortable for you and your loved one, neurologist Jagan Pillai, … Read More
If you are caring for a family member or loved one who is seriously ill or disabled, remember this. You might even write it down and hang it by your loved one’s bed: Caregivers who take care of themselves can take better care of others.