Whilst looking after a loved one with cancer may just seem like something you’d naturally do, it can be stressful and challenging. It’s important to remember you may also need support, and to take time to look after yourself.
We have a range of information and support services available to help you with the financial, practical and emotional impact of caring for a partner, family member or friend– all accessed through our Support Line free phone number 0808 808 1010.
Practical advice and support when you’re caring for someone with cancer
Our free Support Line is for anyone affected by cancer – please ring to speak with a member of the nursing team. It’s a chance for you to ask our experienced nurses questions, and share your concerns or worries. It’s free and confidential. When you’ve got questions, simply pick up the phone and call 0808 808 1010 or use our Ask the Nurse form to put your thoughts down in writing.
Caring for a loved one with cancer can mean you’re unable to work as much, or at all, as you have before. Our Advisors are here to help you get the support you, and your loved one need.
Grants and benefits
We can help you apply for benefits such as Carer’s Allowance, and if you’re of working age and unable to work because of your caring responsibilities, you may also be eligible for other benefits. Our team of Benefits Advisors can explain what financial support is available. Contact our Advice team through our free Support Line on 0808 808 1010 or through our Ask the Advisor form.
Our Advisors can help organise a carer's assessment. This is carried out by your local council to see if you qualify for support from them. They’ll discuss how your caring responsibilities affect you by looking at your physical, mental and emotional needs, and whether you're willing and able to carry on providing care.
Emotional wellbeing for carers
When you’re caring for someone with cancer, it’s really important to also look after yourself. It’s completely normal to feel a range of emotions, and it’s important to accept help when you need it. For example, websites for carers can provide specific information and advice (click here for more information).
Our support services are also there for you to help you cope when you are caring for someone with a cancer diagnosis.
Our Tele-friend service
We want to make sure we help you as much as we can through these difficult times and as part of this, we have recruited Tele-friend volunteers who can be matched with you so you can have a regular phone calls to lift your spirits and chat to someone friendly outside of your own home. Find out more here.
Sing with Us
Our Sing with Us choirs are for anyone affected by cancer, but many of our members are caring for loved ones, and come together. It’s a great way to lift your spirits, reduce anxiety and depression and meet new people who understand your experiences.
Importantly, our research has shown that coming to choir and singing is particularly beneficial for carers. Over six weeks our study showed significant reductions in levels of anxiety, and an improvement in wellbeing. You can read more about this study here.
You don’t need to read music, or be a great singer. Just be willing to have a go and join in. There’s no commitment to come every week so if you have times you’re not feeling up to it, that’s fine. Find out more about our Sing with Us choirs.
Watch our video to find out more about our Sing with Us choirs.