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Welcome to Cancer Caring Coping

Within these pages you will see and hear the stories and experiences of real cancer caregivers who want to give support, advice and tips for coping in the caring role.  Importantly, if you are a cancer caregiver, you will find guidance on how to look after yourself as well as your loved one.


An Introduction

Here at Queen’s University Belfast, we’ve conducted research which has showed us that, if you care for someone who’s affected by cancer, be that a family member of a friend, then your health can also be affected.

Dr Olinda Santin, from the School of Nursing and Midwifery, gives an introduction to the information and support, available on this website. 

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What helps us

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When Cancer First Came into our Lives

Coping with cancer diagnosis
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Getting Through the Treatment

How to manage treatment options
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Caring for Yourself

Looking out for your own wellbeing
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Supporting You to Care

Experiences with advanced stage cancer
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Bereavement and Life After Caring

For some carers bereavement is a reality. Carers who have experienced the death of their loved one share painful and emotional stories of loss and how they cope in the days, weeks, months and years afterwards.

Life After Caring

Our Stories

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Real Carers

Our Stories

Meet real carers, and hear their stories and experiences in full.

Our Stories

Support for the Emotional Impact of Caring

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Advice & Support

Support for the Emotional Impact of Caring

Looking after someone with cancer can have an emotional impact on you as carer. It's OK to feel a range of emotions and there are a number of ways in which you can support your own wellbeing.

Emotional Support

Financial and Employment Support

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Advice & Benefits

Financial and Employment Support

Caring for someone with cancer can have financial implications. And if you are employed the experience can also impact on your job and income. There is advice and support available and you may be entitled to benefits.

Tips on Finance

Top Tips from Professionals

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Top Tips

From Professionals

Professionals give their top tips for coping with a cancer caregiving role

Top Tips

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