Caring for someone with cancer
posted by brokensis
24 June 2021


Last reply: 1 year ago

Just got news this evening that my younger brother has less than a month He was only diagnosed two weeks ago So we have had no time to process How do I support him when all I want to do is curl up and not face it



commented by Cancer Nurse
25 June 2021

1 year ago

Hi BrokenSis,

Thank you for contacting the Irish Cancer Society. I am very sorry to hear about your brothers diagnosis. This must be a very traumatic time for you and your family.

A diagnosis of cancer no only affects the life of the person diagnosed but life also changes for their family and friends.  It is important to remember to look after your own health and wellbeing, so that you can cope and try to process your bothers diagnosis. I am attaching a link for our book caring for someone with cancer here. You might also find the book Lost for Words helpful; I have attached a link here

The Irish Cancer Society offer many other services such as counselling which you may find helpful. If you would like further information, support or advise please feel free to call the nurses on the Support Line 1800 200 700, Monday-Friday 9am-5pm.

Kind regards,

Cancer Nurse

commented by brokensis
04 July 2021

1 year ago

He passed away until 5 weeks after diagnosis and I have no idea how to cope I feel I can't breathe when I think about it I really don't know what to do

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