News You Can Use A monthly newsletter from the Cancer Learning Center • November 2011 - Issue 76 If You Care and You Give, You Are a Caregiver
You may think you are just doing what anyone would do for a loved one being treated for cancer, but anyone who helps is a caregiver. Caregivers may be family or friends who drive a patient to appointments, prepare a meal, watch children, or do shopping. Some caregivers provide full-time care. Others just listen.
Questions About Cancer?
Te Cancer Learning Center (CLC) is in its new location on the sixth floor of the Huntsman Cancer Institute Hospital. Come visit us or contact us by phone or e-mail. Te CLC library has more than 3,000 books, videos, CDs, and audiobooks on a variety of cancer topics that anyone can check out free. Talk one-on- one with trained and caring staff, or send an e-mail for answers to your cancer questions.
As a caregiver, you take on a new role with your loved one. An essential part of this role is to care for yourself as well. Tese tips can help you manage this new role:
Communicate with the patient. Talk openly and honestly with your loved one about your concerns and fears. Express your love and appreciation. Allow your loved one to express feelings, too.
Understand your limitations. At times you may feel overwhelmed with the physical, financial, and emotional demands of being a caregiver. Understand your limits, and be willing to let go of things that may be too much for you.
Seek help as needed. Ask for help from professionals, friends, and family when demands are too much. Tey may only be waiting to know what you need.
Become part of the team. You, other caregivers, the health care providers, and your loved one are all members of a team to help him or her through the disease.
Te Cancer Learning Center has books, videos, and CDs with information about taking care of caregivers. To learn more, call 1-888-424-2100 toll free.
for current and former patients and their families
Yoga Tuesdays 5–6 p.m. Fridays 10–11 a.m.
Weekly in the Cancer Learning Center Conference Room, 6th Floor Huntsman Cancer Institute Hospital. Call the Wellness Center at 801-587-4585 for more information.
Share Stories with Future Generations
YourStory helps cancer patients, their families, and the public record the tales of their lives.
Trained facilitators operate the equipment and help guide the recording session. The first two hours of recording are free with a small charge for additional sessions.
To make an appointment, call the
Linda B. and Robert B. Wiggins Wellness and Survivorship Center at 801-587-4585.
Visit the sixth floor of the Huntsman Cancer Institute Hospital
Call 1-888-424-2100 toll free Send e-mail to
9 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday–Friday Free for everyone
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