NCCN Guidelines for Patients™: Multiple Myeloma
Take the time to understand your loved one’s cancer
and its treatment. Educating yourself will help you know
what to expect and how to be supportive.
Help provide eyes and ears and sometimes a voice for
your loved one. For instance, you can help at doctor
visits. You can help by asking questions, hearing what is
said, taking notes, and sometimes speaking up for your
Talk with your loved one about important issues. Do it
from the very beginning. Don’t wait because your loved
one 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—take
a walk, have lunch with a friend, or see a movie. Do
something that feels normal. Also, eat healthy foods, try
to sleep well, and exercise. You’ll be a better caregiver if
you are taking care of yourself.
Let other people help you. Take advantage of offers to
make a meal, provide a ride, watch the kids, or just give
you a break. Let your friends know how they can help.
Take advantage of resources. There are many
approaches to dealing with the complex issues you may
face as a caregiver. Find out what support is available
and use these resources.
Understand that caregivers are survivors just as much
as patients are. Cancer is life-changing whether you are
the patient or the person caring for the patient.
Coping for caregivers