I'm a caregiver

Liver cancer touches more people than just those who receive the diagnosis. If a family member or close friend has liver cancer, you may find yourself in the role of caregiver through treatment and, in some cases, a recovery period.

As a caregiver, you’ll provide emotional support and help with routine tasks. In some circumstances, you may assist with more personal activities like giving medication or taking care of other physical needs. You may also find yourself playing the role of advocate during meetings with doctors, nurses, and other specialists.

Ways to provide emotional support

Your Roles as a Caregiver

Learn how to be an effective caregiver in Your Guide to Cancer Care.

  • Be a good listener
  • Be sensitive to the person’s emotional needs. That means sharing your feelings openly when the person wants to talk candidly about the illness. But it may also mean helping the person take her or his mind off it when appropriate
  • Respect the person’s need for privacy
  • Be supportive
  • Respect the person’s right to make her or his own treatment decisions
  • Continue to be there for the person once treatment has ended

Ways to provide practical support

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