Your role on the healthcare team

As the caregiver, you are a vital member of your friend or family member's health care team.
Here are a few tips to help you and your loved one:

  • Write down any questions that either of you would like to ask the doctor
  • Offer to go with your family member or friend to medical appointments
  • Find out if there are any special instructions and treatment tips your doctor recommends
  • Reach out to family and friends that may want to help with the tasks associated with caregiving
  • Keep track of medical information and paperwork
  • Note any changes in symptoms or side effects

By understanding when Avastin is given, you can help keep your friend or family member's treatment on track.

As the caregiver, you're an important part of the health care team. Here's information to help you give your friend or family member the most effective care you can.

Learn more about caring for someone with cancer with the Caregiver Guide

Communication is key

Cancer changes the patient's life, your life, and the lives of family members. As a caregiver, you should talk with your friend or family member about these changes. Here are a few tips for creating a healthy dialogue:

  • Ask if it's a good time to talk
  • Be supportive, listen, and don't interrupt
  • Practice what you'll say in advance
  • Speak from the heart
  • Remember that you can have more than one talk
  • Don't always say, "It'll be okay"

Talking with children

It can be difficult to tell children what's happened to mom or dad. But it's important to be truthful and speak openly about cancer at an age-appropriate level. Let them know that it's okay to be upset, angry, or scared. Listen to them and be sure to make time for your children in any way you can.

Find the support you need

Remember, support can come in different ways. You may find support through a friend, online, or from a professional organization. Here are some places to start your search for support:

CancerCare

Provides free professional help to people with all cancers through counseling, education, information, referral, and direct financial assistance.

Visit www.cancercare.org or call 1-800-813-HOPE (1-800-813-4673).

National Family Caregivers Association

Educates, supports, empowers, and speaks up for those who care for loved ones with a chronic illness or disability.
Visit http://caregiveraction.org/ or call 1-800-896-3650.

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How Avastin is designed to work

SEE HOW AVASTIN IS DESIGNED TO WORK

Avastin is a tumor-starving therapy. Watch a quick video that explains how it’s designed to work.

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If you’re a caregiver, find out how you can help keep your friend or family member on track.