If you're supporting a loved one through cancer Macmillan is here for you too.
You may feel like you're just doing our bit - but the support you provide is key. From helping with household chores to personal care, to providing transport or just being there to listen. It makes all the difference.
We understand the impact this can have on you. You may feel overwhelmed, exhausted and drained - physically, emotionally, and financially. You’re likely to need support too and we’re here to help - from free information booklets to details of self-help and support groups. You may be eligible for support for carers such as financial help or rights at work. We can help guide you through.
Visit macmillan.org.uk/carers to find out more
When you’re supporting someone with cancer, your finances can feel the strain. Whether it’s transport to hospital, picking up extra shopping or helping with their bills and household costs - it can all add up. You may have even reduced your own working hours to be there for them. If you’re worried about money, we can help.
We have lots of information on how to manage your money when you’re supporting someone close to you with cancer. You may even be entitled to financial support. We can take you through it. Call our Support Line or visit macmillan.org.uk/carers to find out more.
Emotional support and practical help
We understand it can sometimes be hard to keep putting on a brave face when you’re supporting a loved one with cancer. On top of worrying about their diagnosis, you may be struggling to cope with the extra demands on you and your time. You don’t need to face it alone. If you have questions or just need to talk things through, we’re here to listen. Whatever you need, call us free on 0808 808 00 00 (Monday to Friday, 8am-9pm).
We have lots of information on how to cope with the practicalities of supporting someone through cancer, as well as tips on how to cope with the range of emotionstheir cancer diagnosis can bring. They’re all free and are available at be.macmillan.org.uk/carers
We can direct you to local services in your area that can help you, such as local carers’ centres and support groups. Call our Support Line to find out more.
You can also access support with just the click of a button. Join our online community at community.macmillan.org.uk and you can get in touch with other people ready to listen and offer support.
Charlotte Argyle, Carers Support Programme Manager at Macmillan:
“As the number of people living with cancer doubles in the next 20 years from two to four million, the number of carers will also increase. It’s vitally important cancer carers are fully supported to enable them to cope with the demands of their role. As a Carers Week supporter we can reach and support more cancer carers, celebrate their contribution and lobby government for increased support.”
Whatever you need, the Macmillan team is here for you, every step of the way. Because we care.