A lesser known fact but vitally important part to cancer care is the health of caregivers. Often people are so focused on the cancer survivor, that the health of immediate caregivers take a backseat. It is important to recognise that the family members and caregivers are also affected by the condition of the cancer patient. It is essential to focus on the health of the caregivers because it directly affects the health of the cancer patient. It is easier for the cancer patient to recover if the caregivers are mentally and physically healthy. Cancer recovery specialists recommend that caregivers undergo counselling as well to ensure their mental well-being. The idea of caregivers being given counselling has unfortunately still not caught up in India. Often, immediate family members feel guilty about caring for themselves while a member of their family has cancer, but it is vital to remember that by taking care of their own health they are enhancing the level of care they can provide.
Caring for a patient afflicted with cancer is an emotionally draining experience. To deal with this, caregivers can turn to counselling, meditation, regular exercise and healthy nutrition to keep up their spirits.