Cancer Support: Tips for Family and Friends
Your family and friends become your inner circle of support during cancer treatment.
What to Do When Family and Friends Can’t Offer Cancer Support
What can you do if you don’t have a network of friends and family to rely
on? Maybe you’ve relocated and your closest friends are on the other side of
the country. Or perhaps you’ve become estranged from your family.
“If you know that you won’t get support from your family and friends, you
need to tell your doctor up front,” says Burstein. “You will need help from
Buckner agrees. He suggests that you talk to a hospital ombudsman or social
worker about your situation. See what cancer support they can offer. You could
also try the American Cancer Society or other patient advocacy organizations,
However, don’t give up on your friends and family too quickly. Regular phone
calls from loved ones far away may still help. Even distant relatives can
become key cancer supports in a crisis.