It’s Carers Week, which is a good time to highlight the needs of those caring for a family member with blood cancer. We know it’s not just the patient that gets diagnosed, it’s the whole family.
Patients depend on family and friends to provide practical assistance, including cooking meals, looking after children and arranging transport. Family and friends are also the first port of call for emotional and psychological support.
Over 500 carers answered our Patient Need survey and we found that there are many areas where support is needed:
- Over 40% of respondents would have liked a knowledgeable person to talk to about their concerns.
- 70% wanted easy to understand information on their loved one’s condition.
- One in 10 carers said that speaking to other people in a similar situation would have helped make things easier for them.
It’s important that we don’t forget about the carers, who do such an amazing job and have their lives turned around just as much as patients.
To read stories from other carers and to share your own experiences, visit our patient support section.