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Caregiver Support

As a caregiver, you may experience unique stressors, as does the patient, but your needs and experiences may be quite different.

Would you like to speak with another caregiver who has cared or is caring for a loved one in treatment? Would you like to speak with a cancer survivor who has experienced treatment similar to what your loved one is experiencing?

If so, call the Anderson Network Patient and Caregiver Support Line at (713) 792-2553 or toll-free at (800) 345-6324.

Here are other opportunities to help caregivers care for themselves:

The Learning Center

  • Main Building, Floor 4, near Elevator A, R4.1100
  • Mays Clinic, Floor 2, near The Tree Sculpture, ACB2.1120

Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Resources:

100 Questions & Answers About Caring for Family and Friends with Cancer
by S. Rose and R. Hara

Facing Cancer: A Complete Guide for People with Cancer, Their Families, and Caregivers
by T. Stern and M. Sekeres

Video — Caring for the Cancer Patient: The Caregiver’s Perspective
A video presentation focusing on the unique needs of caregivers, available in English or Spanish.

It can be viewed or checkedout in The Learning Center or through Video on Demand on campus. Call 713-745-3223 and enter video #177. See Channel 75 or a Patient Education Guide for more information.

Place ... of wellness

  • Main Building, Floor 1, near The Aquarium: freestanding facility outside Clark Clinic, R1.2000
  • Mays Clinc, Floor 2, near The Tree Sculpture

Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Resources:

“Caregivers: I’ve Got Feelings, Too!”
Support group for caregivers.
Thursdays, noon-1 p.m., lunch provided. Must preregister, 713-794-4700. Facilitated by Phyddy Tacchi, R.N., C.N.S., L.M.F.T., L.P.C.

Brief Relaxation Chair Massages
Provided to caregivers and family members of cancer patients at no charge. Call to schedule, 713-794-4700.

Additional caregiver resources

Videos

"Caring for the Cancer Patient: The Caregiver's Perspective"


"Cancer and Marriage:  Four Couples"

Parent Consultant Program

Support group for parents of pediatric cancer patients. Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Children’s Cancer Hospital, Main Building, Floor 9, G9 Family Waiting Area. Sponsored by Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Family Alliance and facilitated by Jaynie Hutchinson and Roseana Daly, Parent Consultants.

Well Wives’ Support Group

This group is for female family members when the male is the cancer patient. Thursdays at  4:00 p.m., Jesse H. Jones Rotary House International, 1600 Holcombe Blvd. Facilitated by  Chaplain Carol Dimmett.


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