The Bismarck Cancer Center (BCC) allows patients in our area to receive state-of-the-art cancer treatment and caring support while staying close to home and loved ones. We have a highly-skilled and compassionate team of radiation therapists, medical physicists, nurses and dosimetrists working with your radiation oncologist to care for you during your treatment.
Deb Colton, REACH Counselor
Tips for Cancer Caregivers

Caregivers often forget to take care of themselves.  Finding out a loved one has cancer can be overwhelming. Cancer affects not only the person diagnosed but also all those who care about that person. Their own health tends to suffer if they are not intentional in care taking their own emotional and physical health.

1) Get good sleep.  Sometimes that seems impossible, but do sleep whenever you can.

2) Find YOUR Support System.  Many people find talking to other caregivers who are coping with stress, uncertainty, or lonliness helps them be better caregivers.

3) Good nutrition.  They work so hard getting the correct nutrition for their loved one.  They should do the same for themselves.

4) Recognize a new normal. Patients and caregivers experience a loss of control after a cancer diagnosis.  Learning how to manage this loss of control and care for your loved one will lead to a 'new normal'. It may also help to acknowledge that your home life, finances, and friendships may change for a period of time.  Try to manage each day's priority as it comes.

5) Emotional breaks.  Take time to do something that gives your brain a rest.  Have someone come over and you leave for an hour if possible.  If you don't have any help contact ND Family Caregiver Support Program for some free respite care 701-328-4601.

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