NCCN Guidelines for Patients
Part 7: Beyond cancer treatment
Let other people help you. This is the time to accept
offers for rides, meals, childcare, or just good company.
Be as healthy as you can—eat well, get enough rest,
exercise, and stop smoking.
Talk with your family and friends about your concerns
and needs. Let them know what is important to you,
including your feelings about end-of-life decisions.
Do the things that help you cope—keep a journal,
garden, play music, or take that trip you’ve been
wanting to take.
Don’t be afraid to take medications that can help your
emotional and physical symptoms. Let your cancer care
team help you.
Talk with your treatment team about what you
are experiencing. Don’t wait until you are feeling
Know the resources that are available to you and use
Be your own advocate—ask questions, take notes, and
be active in your treatment.
Learn about the cancer and its treatment. This will help
you know what to expect and how to be supportive.
Help provide eyes, ears, and sometimes a voice. You
can help at doctor visits by asking questions, taking
notes, and sometimes speaking up for your loved one.
Talk with your loved one about important issues from
the very beginning. Don’t wait, because they may
become too sick to talk.
Help develop a treatment plan. A treatment plan helps
everyone to understand what treatment goals and other
life decisions are important.
Take care of yourself. Find the time to get away. Try
to eat healthy, sleep well, exercise. You’ll be a better
caregiver if you take care of yourself.
Let other people help you. Take advantage of offers to
provide a meal, watch the kids, or just give you a break.
Take advantage of resources. There are many
approaches to dealing with the issues you may face as
a caregiver. Find out and use support that’s available.
Understand that caregivers are survivors just as much
as patients are. Cancer is life-changing for all involved.
Coping tips for patients
Coping tips for caregivers