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Caregiver Support

Support and Advocacy for People Caring for Cancer Patients

Sunesis is dedicated to providing support to cancer patients' caregivers. We recognize that caregivers serve in many important roles, including:

  • Someone to drive the patient to and from doctor appointments or treatment
  • A helping hand in the kitchen to prepare meals for the family
  • A listening ear when the patient needs time to "vent" about the struggles of having and being treated for cancer
  • Filling in at school or other functions when the patient is not feeling well enough to attend

Perhaps the most important role of the caregiver is as an advocate during a clinical study. Advocacy can be a tiring activity and one that patients may not have the strength to perform while they are being treated.

Listed below are several links to sites with information for the caregiver, in addition to what has already been shared in the Patient Advocacy section.

National Cancer Institute (NCI) - the NCI offers a nationwide telephone service for cancer patients, their caregivers, friends, and the public, answering questions and providing printed materials with key information about cancer.

American Cancer Society (ACS) - This is a nation-wide, community-based, voluntary health organization. Their goal is eliminating cancer as a major health issue.

Caregiver.com - includes advice from leading caregiving experts, weekly email newsletters, lively chats and discussion boards. Caregiver.com hosts the nation's largest directory of caregiver support groups representing communities from every state. Visitors will also find channels that highlight specific caregiving issues such as Alzheimer's, Ovarian Cancer, Incontinence and Parkinson's disease also available at caregiver.com.

Today's Caregiver magazine - the first national publication that provides information specifically addressing the needs of family caregivers. Published since 1995, Today's Caregiver features award-winning special focuses written by leading caregiving experts. The magazine also contains advice columns, caregiver stories and interviews with celebrity caregivers such as former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, Rob Lowe, and Barbara Eden. You can subscribe via caregiver.com or at 1-800-829-2734

Fearless Caregiver Conferences - An event designed for area family and professional caregivers to come together for a full day of interaction, education, and support. The conference includes an expert question and answer panel where all attendees can get their caregiving questions addressed, an information and resource room, luncheon and a keynote speech. Keynote speakers have included Leeza Gibbons, Della Reese, Debbie Reynolds, and Robert Urich.

Well Spouse Foundation - this nonprofit, membership organization provides support to wives, husbands and partners of chronically ill and/or disabled people. Here you can sign up for a caregiving mentor, or become a mentor for a new caregiver.

Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA) - the FCA serves as the lead agency in California's system of Caregiver Resource Centers and operates the National Center on Caregiving to advance the development of high-quality, cost-effective support programs for family caregivers in every state in the country.

National Family Caregiver Association (NFCA) - the NFCA exists to support family caregivers and to speak out publicly for caregivers' needs. Through its services in the areas of education and information, support and validation, public awareness and advocacy, NFCA strives to minimize the disparity between a caregiver's quality of life and that of mainstream Americans.

Eldercare Locator - supported by the Administration on Aging, this site links visitors to services for elders and/or disabled people in their local communities. Caregivers can also speak to an information specialist by calling the toll-free Eldercare Locator service at 1-800-677-1116.

National Family Caregiver Support Program Resource Room - the Caregiver Resource Room is where families, caregivers, and professionals can find information about The National Family Caregiver Support Program, including where you can turn for support and assistance, and providing services to caregivers.

Aging with Dignity - a non-profit organization that provides practical information, advice, and legal tools that can help you ensure that your wishes and those of your loved ones will be respected. Includes information about the Five Wishes document that helps you express how you want to be treated if you are seriously ill and unable to speak for yourself.

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