Are you a family member or friend and don’t really know how you might be of support to your “Kidney Cancer Warrior”? There are many things that can be offered as assistance. Think about simply picking up the phone and let them know you are there to help. Things that can be offered:
- Go for a visit, if they feel up to it.
- Just sit and listen, sometimes this helps them cope with feelings.
- Go to the doctor with them.
- Make a meal or snack and take to them.
- Offer to run errand.
- Offer to do yard work or housework.
- Help coordinate visits of groups of friends.
- Simply tell them you are the support group of the support group.
- Talk with the Oncologist, Hospitals and Cancer treatment centers as most support groups are tied to these organizations in your community.
National Cancer Institute Fact Sheet 8.15, End-of-Life Care: Questions and Answers
- National Cancer Institute Fact Sheet 8.17, Palliative Care in Cancer
- Coping With Advanced Cancer(http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/advancedcancer)
- Coping With Cancer: Supportive and Palliative Care Home Page (http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/coping)
- When Someone You Love Has Advanced Cancer: Support for Caregivers
- When Someone You Love Is Being Treated for Cancer
- Cancer Survivors Network
Hospice Care and Support
A type of care and philosophy of care that focuses on the palliation of a terminally ill patient or seriously ill patient’s symptoms. Hospice care focuses on bringing comfort, self-respect, and tranquility to people in the final year of life. Goto www.hospicefoundation.org or www.hospicenet.org.