Who is a Cancer Caregiver?

A caregiver for someone with cancer is defined as an unpaid spouse, partner, family member or friend who gives the person with cancer emotional and physical care. Most often, they are not trained for the caregiver job. Caregivers have many roles that can change as the patient’s needs change during and after cancer treatment. 

Caregiver Resources

Oncology-trained social workers provide services to cancer patients, caregivers, and families to help with coping and reducing cancer related distress. Social workers provide emotional support, help address concerns of patients and of family members, offer resources and referrals, can help plan for the future.

For more information/appointments: 720-848-9266

Support groups are a safe place for patients, caregivers, and families to share feelings and challenges and learn from others facing similar obstacles. Joining a cancer support group can have powerful benefits on the success of treatment and recovery. 

All of our support groups are no-cost events offered as virtual meetings within the Denver Metro area for cancer patients, caregivers, families, and friends. 

For more information: 720-848-8837


Cancer Caregiver Support Group

Our caregiver support group is a safe place for cancer caregivers to discuss effects of caregiving on emotional, social, financial, physical, and spiritual well-being.

This group allows caregivers to interact with other caregivers. 

2nd Thursday of Month 4-5:30 PM
4th Thursday of Month  4 - 5:30 PM

Palliative care is the preventing or treatment of symptoms and side effects caused by a disease, such as emotional, social, psychological, spiritual, or financial challenges. Palliative care can improve quality of life for cancer patients by helping to ease challenges from a cancer diagnosis throughout treatment.

For more information/appointments: 720-848-9264

Spiritual care professionals help relieve symptoms and side effects of a cancer diagnosis by providing spiritual support. Spiritual caregivers can help answer questions a cancer patient or their loved ones may have throughout treatment. 

Spiritual support can be provided at any time during treatment. This includes right after diagnosis or during and after treatment.

For more information: Discuss with your provider.

AARP American Association of Retired Persons

Self-care. A number of helpful resources on the role of caregivers.

Agingcare

Emotional support. Provides a number of perspectives on the difficulty of the caregiving experience; online forums available.

Aging Parents and Elder Care

Coordination of Care. Provides resources to creating an independent living environment for loved ones.

American Cancer Society Resources

A cancer diagnosis affects close friends and family too. Find out what to expect if you become a caregiver for a person with cancer, and get tips for making sure that you take care of yourself as well.

Caregiver Action Network

Self-care. Extensive resource for how caregiving can change one’s life and tips/tools for juggling the coordination of loved one’s medical care.

Caring.com

Coordination of care. Resource list/guide for family caregivers; primarily focused on care for the elderly

CaringBridge

Coordination of care. A helpful website for organizing medical updates. This site may organize information, as caregivers may often be placed in a position of “translating” for the rest of the family or providing regular updates.

Caring From a Distance

Coordination of care. Tailored specifically for caregivers who provide care from a different location than where their loved one resides.

Family Caregiver Alliance

Emotional support. Various methods for caregivers to engage with other caregivers for additional support (online groups, links to in- person support groups and modules embedded in the website to support caregivers).

Lotsa Helping Hands

Coordination of care. An online forum that can recruit help for caregivers in need.

National Alliance for Caregiving

Self-care. Links to a number of resources and articles relevant to caregiving and the importance of self-care!

Veterans Affairs Caregiver Support Services

Coordination of care and self-care. A number of online resources, handouts and other resources specific to caregiving; often specific to a Veteran population.