Physical wellbeing for family members and caregivers

As the needs and symptoms of the cancer patient fluctuate, so do the needs and well-being of the caregiver.

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Caring for yourself

Taking care of yourself equals taking care of your loved one. Caregivers sometimes focus so intently on the physical wellbeing of their loved one that they lose sight of their own physical wellness.

Basic tools for your physical health

Stay hydrated

Caregivers are often given the task of reminding their loved one to drink fluids. Commit to drinking just as much as you’re asking your loved one to drink. Water bottles with pre-labeled measurements are a great way to stay hydrated. Try to stay away from sugary or caffeinated beverages and stick to water when you can.


Without adequate sleep, caregivers cannot expect to provide adequate care. Difficulty falling asleep, difficulty staying asleep, nightmares or night terrors, or sleeping too much. If these issues persist for longer than a month, talk to your primary care provider.

Your own medical care

It’s common for caregivers to forgo their own medical care when taking on the caregiving role. Unfortunately, this often creates problems that interfere with your caregiving responsibilities long-term. Put yourself first and prioritize your doctor appointments, routine screenings, and follow-up care.

Learn from others who have been there

Certified oncology social worker Danielle Peterson hosts a conversation with two colorectal cancer caregivers, Lindsay Rosenbaum and Brian Ruddle. Tune in to hear their advice on how to maintain your mental and physical health as a caregiver.

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