Caregiving can be a demanding, exhausting, full-time job. Yet, doctors do not always consider caregivers to be an integral part of a health care team. A recentNew York Times article, “Offering Care for the Caregiver,” explores the critical role of caregiving and what is being done in the medical community to improve the doctor-patient-caregiver relationship. The article also acknowledges the stress of caregiving duties.
NCCS’s definition of a survivor includes the role of the caregiver, because that person is also surviving the challenges and life-changing affects of a cancer diagnosis, treatment, and post-treatment. An entire program of the Cancer Survival Toolbox is dedicated to Caring for the Caregiver. Caregivers are also encouraged to share their stories and find hope and inspiration throughout the pages and the blog postings in the Cancerversary community.