Physical, psychosocial, relationship, and economic burden of caring for people with cancer: A review

Afaf Girgis, Sylvie Lambert, Amy Waller, Claire Johnson, David Currow

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    Abstract

    The aim of this article is to provide an overview of the issues faced by caregivers of people diagnosed with cancer, with a particular emphasis on the physical, psychosocial, and economic impact of caring. A review of the literature identified cancer as one of the most common health conditions in receipt of informal caregiving, with the majority of caregivers reporting taking on the role of caring because of family responsibility and there being little choice or no one else to provide the care. For some, caregiving can extend for several years and become equivalent to a full-time job, with significant consequent health, psychosocial, and financial burdens. Having a better understanding of the critical and broad roles that caregivers play in the oncology setting and the impact of these on their health and well-being may assist health care professionals in supporting caregivers with these tasks and targeting services and interventions toward those most in need.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)197-202
    Number of pages6
    JournalJournal of Oncology Practice
    Volume9
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jul 2013

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