Being supportive in your carer role

Taking care of a loved one with cancer is one of the hardest roles anyone can do.

You’re often asked to manage medications, get your loved one to appointments, communicate with their healthcare team, make meals, be the patient’s main emotional support, and more. The list goes on and on.

Sometimes, all this additional responsibility leaves very little time for you.

Your wellbeing matters, too

It’s important to make time for yourself, as your wellbeing still matters.

Pushing yourself too hard can actually make caregiving and supporting your loved one harder.

Here are some suggestions to help you prioritise your own health:

  • Eat properly - maintaining a healthy diet will give you the energy you need and help keep you from getting sick
  • Make time for exercise – regular physical activity will keep your body strong and relieve stress.
  • Set up your own support network – tell your friends and family how they can help you, as they may not know the best way to support you
  • Find a support group – the Cancer Council has information about where local support groups are and what they offer – including face-to-face support, phone counselling and online counselling. Support groups allow you to discuss your experiences with other people who are dealing with the same problems. If you try one that doesn’t feel like a good fit, try another one. Cancer Council support.
  • Speak with a counsellor or psychologist - your health insurance plan may cover the cost of seeing a therapist
  • Talk to someone who’s been there – speaking to someone who’s been through the same experience can help. Phone the Cancer Council on 13 11 20 to connect with an ambassador who understands how you’re feeling and knows how they can best help you with your concerns.
WHAT IS RADIATION THERAPY?
Radiation therapy uses radiation to kill or damage cancerous (abnormal) cells and stop them from growing and multiplying.

It is one of the best-established, most effective and well tolerated therapies for treating almost all cancers, extending lives, and reducing suffering.
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TREATMENT TYPES
Radiation therapy can be delivered:

From a machine outside of the body – this is called external-beam radiation therapy

By placing radioactive material inside the body – this is known as brachytherapy
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RADIATION THERAPY EXTERNAL BEAM
External beam radiation therapy, the radiation oncology team uses a machine called a linear accelerator, or linac.

A linac uses electricity to form a stream of fast-moving subatomic (electron) particles. This creates high-energy radiation that is used to kill cancerous cells.
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STEREOTACTIC (SABR, SRS, GAMMA)
Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) delivers high doses of radiation with sub millimetre precision positioning. It is often used to treat small tumours with well-defined edges.

It is most commonly used to treat primary brain or spinal tumours – as well as secondary brain tumours.
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BRACHYTHERAPY
Brachytherapy involves radiation delivered from a tiny source implanted directly into or next to the tumour.

These sources produce gamma-rays, which have the same effect on cancer cells as X-rays.
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