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Cancer Caregiver Distress Unrecognized and Under Reported
Date:5/12/2009

the 1,002 American men and women over the age of 18 years surveyed, only 12 percent had previously received information specific to cancer caregiving, and barely one in three respondents (33.1 percent) could recall hearing about cancer caregiving or caregivers in the past year. Information also eluded those who self-identified as caregivers, with only 35 percent reportedly receiving information specific to cancer caregiving.

"Caregivers give frequently to their loved ones, but often do not take the time to focus on their own needs," continued Thiboldeaux. "This data tells us more must be done to address the well-being of cancer caregivers and arm them with strategies and skills to enhance their ability to provide supportive care to their loved ones while avoiding burnout."

Caregiver distress is often unrecognized and unreported, especially in the midst of treatment or other challenging variables of the cancer experience. Caregivers provide an invaluable service to those with cancer, offering support on many different levels. This might include making meals, going to doctor appointments, picking up prescriptions or helping their loved one cope with the emotions of a cancer diagnosis and treatment.

"At first I never thought of myself as a caregiver, I was just doing what needed to be done to help care for my wife," said Russ Decamp who supported his wife through two diagnoses of breast cancer. "Looking back, I wish we had been able to find resources that addressed my needs as a caregiver when Linda was undergoing treatment for both her breast cancers."

To learn more about cancer caregiving or for tools and resources, visit www.thewellnesscommunity.org.

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