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When our patients undergo treatment, the focus is on them and their needs. But cancer often affects the entire family, especially caregivers.

When our patients undergo treatment, the focus is on them and their needs. But cancer often affects the entire family, especially caregivers.

Roles and Challenges

Being a caregiver to a cancer patient comes with a lot of responsibilities. To help, we’ve put together information about many of the duties caregivers take on, including how to manage medication, communicate with your loved one’s healthcare team, deal with legal and financial issues and how to handle medical issues you may encounter.

Supporting Children and Teens

For parents of kids with cancer, telling and talking to their child about the diagnosis may be difficult. These are important conversations to have, though. If they’re not told, younger children will make up their own explanations.

Helping an MD Anderson Patient

There are plenty of ways you can help a friend or family member being treated at MD Anderson. From sending flowers to organizing a blood drive, here are ways you can show your support.

We cherish each other and our time together. Our days are spent being grateful for all we have.

Vickie Gibson Poe

Caregiver