Caring for someone with cancer

When someone close to you has been diagnosed with cancer, you may have many different things to think about. You may need help to manage various practical issues. You may have financial concerns if you are unable to work. It can also be important to get help to look after yourself and manage your own feelings.

You may be a young carer (age 18 or under) or caring for someone with cancer and dementia. You may be caring for someone who is dying, and need information about what to expect at the end of life.

Help is available. There are organisations who can tailor support to meet your needs, as well as a wealth of information about the different aspects of being a carer. Some of the services include:

  • Help with registering as a carer
  • Phone support, counselling
  • Training
  • Carers discount card

On this page we have listed some of the organisations, both local and national, who can give you more information and support.

It is estimated that over 11% of people in Dorset are caring for someone. This number could be much higher, as many people

Carer Support Dorset supports unpaid carers who look after someone in the Dorset Council area, with information, advice and guidance on their caring role.

If you provide unpaid support for a family member or friend in Bournemouth, Christchurch or Poole, the Carers Support Service can help.

The Carers Support Service is a small, friendly and helpful team, organising support and services through the Carers Resource, Information and Support Programme (CRISP). CRISP provides support to help carers continue in their caring role while looking after their own health and wellbeing.

​Do you regularly support an adult, or care for someone with daily tasks, a loved one, or a friend? You may or may not identify yourself as a carer, but the caring you do entitles you to information, advice, and support.

It is really important that when you’re caring for someone that you look after yourself too.

A carer is someone who, without payment, provides help and support to a partner, child, relative, friend or neighbour, who could not manage without their support. Anyone can become a carer; carers come from all walks of life, all cultures and can be of any age.

We have a full list of services available for carers in the Southampton area. If you know a young carer or you are one yourself, our young carers web page gives advice and information as well as links to other specialist sites.

Many carers find it useful to talk about their caring role. It doesn’t matter who you support and why they need that support. The Portsmouth Carers Service is here to support all carers. The person you look after doesn’t need a formal diagnosis and you don’t need to be claiming carers allowance to use the service.

The team is based at the Carers Centre. We start with a conversation to understand your situation and help you to work out what type of support might help. Carers often find it useful to get information and advice, support to have a break or just to have a listening ear.

Anyone who may need support in their caring role has a right to a carer’s assessment.

This means if you are a carer you can have a carer’s assessment regardless of the amount or type of care you provide, your financial circumstances or your level of need for support.

A young carer is a young person under 18 that helps to look after a relative. This could be a parent, brother, or sister.

Our services are based in rural and urban areas across Basingstoke, Hart & Rushmoor, Eastleigh, Winchester, East Hants, Fareham & Gosport, Havant, Andover, Romsey, and New Forest.

We work with carers who either live on the Isle of Wight or care for someone living on the Isle of Wight. As a charity, we have supported carers for over 30 years. We are here to work with carers to ensure they receive the right support and information at the right time, enabling carers to carry on looking after their relatives, friends and neighbours.

Are you looking after a loved one or family member at home? Our Carers Zone contains everything you need to know about being a carer and the help and support you can get, all in one place.

Caring is such an important part of life. It’s simply part of being human. Carers are holding families together, enabling loved ones to get the most out of life, making an enormous contribution to society and saving the economy billions of pounds.

Caring will affect us all at some point in our lives. We’ll be here for you when that happens. With your help, we can be there for the 6,000 people who start looking after someone each day. We give expert advice, information and support.

If your partner, family member, friend or colleague has cancer, there can be a lot to think about. You might be a carer, or just want to help. We have information to help you with the practical, emotional and financial impacts of supporting someone with cancer.

Cancer Care Map is a simple, online resource that aims to help you find cancer support services in your local area. Use the search function to find carers services near you.

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