Georgia's Online Cancer Information Center

Support for Family & Friends
of Cancer Survivors

It can be challenging for family members and close friends of cancer survivors to experience this unique journey with their loved one. Often times, it is difficult to determine what to say, how to react, or when to ask if help is needed. Despite this, it is important to remain steadfast and committed to your loved one; friendships and relationships are important in helping a cancer survivor find their “new normal”.

Increasing dialogue among the cancer survivor, family, and friends can help everyone to better understand the cancer survivor’s unique needs. In addition, it can help you cope with what you are experiencing during this journey of survivorship. Developing your own network of support is important as well.

Although survivorship is sometimes considered a unique phase following active cancer treatment, many tips and ideas for friends and family members of a newly diagnosed cancer patient are still relevant at this time. Both the National Cancer Institute and the American Society of Clinical Oncology offer useful advice for how to navigate this aspect of the cancer journey. 

Resources

CDC

CancerCare

Blog Post

Georgia CORE

 

Hearts and Minds Dedicated to Improving Cancer Care

Georgia CORE is a public-private partnership that creates collaboration among the state’s cancer organizations and institutions to connect more Georgians to quality, personalized cancer care. We welcome you to this one-of-a-kind online information center for all things related to cancer and survivorship care in Georgia.