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If you have a spouse or partner: Living with someone undergoing chemotherapy treatment can cause distress due to intensity of emotion, anxiety and the possibility of an unpredictable illness. The key is to share your feelings.

  • Holding back your emotions hurts both people in a relationship.
  • Rather than share all emotions the moment they surface, consider the time and place. Then share at what seems like the appropriate time.
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Allow family and friends to share their emotions. Treatment is difficult for them as well.

  • Keep in mind that emotional stress for a caregiver is often based on the fact that he or she wants to cure you, but can't. What a caregiver can do is care. Caregivers need to be reminded how essential and important caring is to you.
  • Let family and friends know that there are support groups just for caregivers. To learn more about support groups, and how valuable they can be, click here. 

If you have young children – Do not try to hide either your diagnosis or your treatment. Children will know something is up and are prone to thinking that they caused the problem if no one talks about it. Instead, involve your children so they get a feeling they are helping. To learn more about:

  • How to disclose your health condition to your children taking their age into account, click here 
  • How To help children cope. Click here 
  • Getting care for children if you are unable to care for them. Click here 

If you have older children: Research indicates that children of all ages do not like the parent to talk about the futility of the disease and the possible failure of chemotherapy to cure the cancer. They have difficulty coping with parents who have little hope or who have negative outlook. Children wrestle with the possibility of separation during a parent’s illness. Apparently the feeling of imminent death of a parent is heightened during chemotherapy. 

Friends: Research indicates that support from friends is highly valued.

  • Many people report that they feel better when they ask for or accept help from others. it is worth noting that family and friends generally feel better when they have something they can do to help you.
  • They are a good source for sharing emotions and to motivate people to continue to socialize during treatment. 
  • To learn more about treating family and friends as part of your health care team, click here. 

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