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Brain Tumor Caregiver Tips
Caring for someone with a brain tumor can be even more challenging than the already high demands of caring for someone with any other type of serious, progressive illness. Along with the physical changes that make other cancers and serious illnesses so physically and emotionally exhausting to deal with, brain tumors also often produce psychological and cognitive changes in the patient that can threaten the caregiver’s well-being, too.
As you care for your loved one through the progressive stages of their illness, keep these tips in mind:
- Learn as much as possible about the potential effects of your loved one’s specific type of brain tumor. This will allow you to understand how the illness is affecting the sufferer’s behavior.
- Get help from your friends and family. Caring for a brain tumor patient is a huge task, and you shouldn’t try to do it alone.
- Take time whenever possible to step away from the patient and the illness and find time for yourself. Acknowledge that it is normal and acceptable to need occasional relief from the burdens of caregiving.
- Find a support group. It can be immensely helpful to learn that you are not alone and that other people understand what you are going through.
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