Care for a loved one with cancer while caring for yourself
Looking after someone with cancer can be complex, overwhelming, and emotionally draining all at once. As a caregiver, you may also overlook your own well-being while you focus on your loved one. This book empowers you to be an attentive, thoughtful, and compassionate caregiver for your friend or family member with cancer. You'll also find practical everyday advice for meeting your own physical and emotional needs while dealing with the unique challenges you face.
Understanding cancer—Learn how cancer affects the body at every stage, determine the steps that come after diagnosis, and examine cancer treatments and side effects.
Knowledge caregivers need—Find info on navigating health care, financial and legal decisions, and much more.
What to say and ask—Find questions to ask your loved one's care team and health providers, and discover how to be an advocate in different situations.
Support your loved one while also practicing self-care with the help of this compassionate choice in caregiving and cancer books.
About the Author
VICTORIA LANDES, LCSW, has worked in the medical field for 30 years. Vicki served as the breast care coordinator for Kaiser Permanente for 12 years, where she accompanied breast cancer survivors and their loved ones through the diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship phases of care.
"This book is the definitive resource for anyone who is thrust into the caregiving space and is seeking actionable and practical yet compassionate, caring advice that encompasses everything a patient and caregiver needs. The Caregiver's Guide to Cancer is a valuable asset that should be provided to every caregiver." —Debra Kimless, MD, physician and patient ombudsman
"In keeping with Vicki's gentle, thoughtful, and sensitive style, she creates a healing handbook for caregivers. She provides a practical and comprehensive guide so needed by so many. Caregiving is difficult to say the least. Often at the expense of caring for another, one may lose themselves in the process. This book is an essential guide honoring the caregiver with a set of tools to use and reflect on. A truly approachable and thoughtful read... critically needed now more than ever." —Cindi Cantril, MPH, RN, OCN
"The Caregiver's Guide to Cancer offers an essential roadmap for those traveling the complex path of caring for someone with cancer. It is rare to find a resource that delivers the most up-to-date knowledge, practical tools, and caring advice with such clarity and compassion. As an expert guide with the voice of a trusted, encouraging friend, Landis masterfully guides the caregiver and patient on this journey across the spectrum of cancer care." —Alison Gause, MPH
"Victoria Landes has decades of experience as a cancer coordinator and licensed clinical social worker, working with thousands of cancer patients, their loved ones, and healthcare providers. In this book, she provides the caregiver with a comprehensive yet succinct guide to navigate the complex aspects of cancer care and the role of the caregiver. Every section is well-thought-out and organized from the basics of cancer definition and roles of different treatments and providers, to matters related to the patient from nutrition to finances, to intimacy, to palliative care and hospice, and to most importantly addressing self-care for the caregiver. This is an invaluable resource with practical tools to help the caregiver navigate the multifaceted aspect of caring for a cancer patient." —Dr. Ranna Tabrizi, MD, FACS