Being a caregiver to a loved one going through an anal cancer diagnosis often requires tapping into sources of strength you may not have known you had. That being said, to be the best caregiver possible requires also ensuring you are taking care of yourself. We hope these resources prove useful to you in assisting your loved one on their anal cancer journey.
Tips for Being a Caregiver
The roles and responsibilities of a caregiver can often feeling all-encompassing and overwhelming. This is perfectly normal, and you should not feel guilt or shame for experiencing any of them. Check out our top tips.
QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR DOCTOR
We’ve compiled lists of suggested questions to help direct your conversation with a clinician. Depending on your health status and the nature of the appointment, some questions may be more applicable than others.
Side Effects of Treatment
The treatment for anal cancer can lead to side effects which feel difficult to manage. Within this section we list some tips and techniques to do so.
Please note that if your loved one is newly diagnosed, they may not be ready for all of the information contained here. If you do not think they are, or are unsure, please look through the information first. You can then provide the most relevant information for their situation.
Chemotherapy Side Effects
This section discusses chemotherapy treatment for anal cancer in order to help you prepare for treatment, and to understand the effects of treatment on your body.
Radiation Side Effects
This section discusses radiation treatment for anal cancer in order to help you prepare for and after treatment including follow up care.
Surgery Side Effects
This page discusses what to expect during surgery for anal cancer, and the side effects that you may experience following treatment
Reading and listening to the stories from fellow anal cancer community members about their experiences with anal cancer can be an incredibly helpful and informative process.
We know the frustration of not having access to quality informative support services, and the feeling of isolation this can foster. Here’s our list of resources.
A list of medical resources and reference points from screening to general information
A list of financial organisations to provide you with resources so you can focus on your health.
PEER TO PEER SUPPORT PROGRAM
Looking for someone to talk to about your loved one’s anal cancer diagnosis? We are here to help. The Peer to Peer Support Program is a free service provided by the Anal Cancer Foundation that matches anal cancer thrivers (our word for survivors) and caregivers with thriver volunteers and caregiver volunteers.