NCCN Guidelines for Patients™: Multiple Myeloma
6.6 Caring for caregivers
No one experiences cancer alone. Having cancer can
affect your loved ones, especially those who provide
care. This care can take many forms. It can range from
giving emotional support to giving medical services in
the home. Caregivers often take on extra duties to keep
life normal for the family. They also play a central role in
explaining what is happening to you to others, like friends
It is natural for caregivers to focus on you. Don’t feel
guilty. However, caregivers need to meet their own needs
as well. Cancer treatment can last from months to years.
Caregivers often get too tired from the physical and
mental challenges related to the cancer. It isn’t easy, but
caregivers need to take care of themselves. If they don’t,
they won’t be able to take good care of anyone. In Part
6.7, some ideas on coping for caregivers are listed.
You may have different challenges than the ones listed.
It is important to remember that everyone has strengths
and talents. Use yours to help cope with myeloma and
its treatments. Maintain warm relationships with family
and friends. Make a list for them of things that would help
you. Most people would be happy to hear what you need.
If you are a person of faith, your personal beliefs and
faith community can help. There are also professionals in
mental health, social work, and pastoral services who are
able to assist you. You can also start attending support
groups to receive help from other cancer survivors.