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Caretakers of Survivors
Ernest H. Rosenbaum, MD

Caregiver Needs and Support
Family and Friends as Caregivers

Caretakers are now included in national programs along with cancer survivors. These include spouses, siblings, and parents, as well as friends, along with the supportive care team.

Caregivers, through their devotion and services, may acquire stress-related and psychosocial problems, which can impair their efficiency in providing care. Post-traumatic stress symptoms have also been found, and treatments, essentially, have been instituted. Supportive care for caregivers has been helpful in promoting their goal of efficient care for survivors, especially if they have the need for end-of-life care, as well as helping with the psychological trauma induced by the cancer process on both survivor and the family.

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