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Dr. Kyle Russo
Ask A Pro-December 2017

Ask a Pro with Dr. Kyle Russo, Bismarck Cancer Center

Q:  My husband was diagnosed recently with cancer.  What strategies have you found helpful for the caregiver that’s dealing with the emotional aspects of cancer?                                                        

A: Here are a few suggestions to help the caregiver:                                                          

Get information.  Make sure you’re involved with appointments to have our own questions answered.  Even if the patient thinks he or she can ‘handle’ the appointment alone, I encourage the caregiver to participate fully to lessen their own uncertainty.

Simplify.  Many of life’s roles can’t be abandoned, but when possible, cut back or delegate lesser responsibilities and set limits.

Be hopeful.  For the caregiver as for the patient, a spirit of hope and optimism is key.

Be choosy.  Find people who can provide real support without criticism or negativity.  Surround yourself with people who can bolster your confidence.

Take care of yourself.  For caregivers this can be the hardest thing.  Many times, the first thing to go is a regular self- care routine: exercise, hobbies, etc.  They feel guilty for not focusing solely on the patient.  But, that’s what you need the most- time to re-energize and recharge.  Restoring yourself is vital!

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