When one member of the family has cancer, the whole family is changed. Whether your loved one is at home, in hospital, or in hospice, your loved one’s illness can affect how each family member feels and behaves, interrupt the household routine, and change how your family functions as a unit.
If someone you love has cancer, you may be wondering how your family will adjust. This section can help. It explains how your family may be affected by illness and caregiving, and what factors may affect your family’s ability to cope. It also offers some suggestions that can help your family get through.
If you’re worried about how you’re doing so far, be reassured that most families do find ways to adjust to their situation. When they look back on their experience of caring for a loved one, they say that they found more meaning in their lives, discovered new strengths, became more loving toward each other, and developed a new appreciation for their family ties.
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