Regular People Doing Extraordinary Things: Cancer Caregivers Need Support


Every November, caregivers are honored and recognized during National Family Caregivers Month. It’s a time to celebrate caregivers’ loving efforts and also to raise awareness about their need for support. Caregiving can be personally fulfilling but also hard physically, financially, and emotionally. As a result, caregivers are at risk for substantial distress.

To help ensure cancer caregivers are getting critical support in the areas they need it most, Cancer Support Community’s (CSC) research team created a caregiver distress screening and referral program. After launching the program, CSC observed a 37% increase in screening of caregivers in just 3 months.

“And we expect these numbers to continue to grow,” says CSC’s Vice President of Research Alexandra Zaleta, Ph.D. “We are also working with hospitals and healthcare centers nationwide to try to expand program access.”

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