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Cancer Support: Family, Friends, and Relationships - Topic Overview

Your family life

Cancer can impact your family life in many ways. Talking about cancer isn't easy. And fear, sadness, and other emotions can cause a lot of stress and can strain relationships. You may have financial worries as you work out how to pay medical expenses. And your routines and roles likely will change as you go through treatment and need more help from others.

Don't be afraid to look beyond your family for help. Let friends and extended family know what they can do for you. And consider counseling and support groups, which can help you and your family deal with this difficult time.

Where to learn more

The following booklets from the National Cancer Institute's website may be helpful:

  • Taking Time: Support for People With Cancer (www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/takingtime)
  • When Someone You Love Is Being Treated for Cancer (www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/coping/when-someone-you-love-is-treated)
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Last Updated: May 07, 2013
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