Caring for the Carers
Caring for adolescents and young adults with cancer is a multi-dimensional role shared by many. These include: partners and friends; parents; siblings; children of the young person; staff both in hospital and in the community; others who are important to the young person. The developmental and social tasks faced by the young person need to be taken into account as well as the recognised impact of the diagnosis of cancer on both the young person and their carers in the wider social system. Support for all those who care for the young person needs to be embedded in their clinical care along with knowledge of how to access support, who to go to and what is available face to face, online and locally. Support for carers, including staff, is important to help carers feel safe and contained, including promotion of self-care to aid understanding and resilience and to minimise stress and burnout.
KeywordsCarers Cancer Adolescents and young people Support Staff Stress Burnout Self-care
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