Support information for carers
Breast cancer affects whole families, and NBCF’s recent report, Ending the Silence, aims to address the gap in information, resources and support which exists for male partners of women living with breast cancer.
Other cancer groups also offer a variety of support information and tools.
A DVD resource for partners and carers, “Walking Beside Her: A Partner’s Journey with Secondary Breast Cancer” is based on the experience of Peter and Fran, who had secondary breast cancer for eight years. Fran was a member of the Advanced Breast Cancer Group, and Peter was a member of the Partners’ Group. In this DVD, Peter talks about their journey together.
The American Cancer Society provides on-line resources for caregivers to assist with coping strategies. Find out what to expect if you become a caregiver for a person with cancer, and get tips for making sure that you take care of yourself as well.
BCNA provides an on-line community for partners to share their experiences of breast cancer:
- Partner support for men ‘For the boys’
- Partner support for same sex couples
When the woman you love has early breast cancer, and When the woman you love has secondary breast cancer feature personal stories, insight and wisdom from women diagnosed with breast cancer and the men who supported them. They also feature advice and practical tips from leading Australian clinical and psychosocial experts.
- Cancer Helpline – call 13 11 20
Cancer Council Helpline is a free, confidential telephone information and support service run by Cancer Councils in each state and territory of Australia. Anyone can call the Cancer Council Helpline – cancer patients, people living with cancer, their families, carers and friends, teachers, students and healthcare professionals. Trained staff are available to answer questions about cancer and offer emotional or practical support.
A place for partners, family members and friends of people with cancer to connect, chat and access resources specifically for carers.
A series of booklets around caring.
Susan G. Komen describes co-survivors as family members, spouses or partners, friends, health care providers or colleagues – anyone who is there to lend support from breast cancer diagnosis through treatment and beyond. Fact sheets, videos, publications and other on-line resources are available on supporting carers of women with breast cancer.