Many people diagnosed with breast cancer will have a partner, family member or friend who provides regular support, personal care or assistance to them, both during and after treatment.
A carer is someone who provides physical, emotional or practical support to another person. Carers can be a spouse or partner, a parent, daughter or son sister or brother, friend, colleague, or neighbour. Even if you don’t think of yourself as a carer, your role in helping someone with breast cancer is significant, valuable and important. A carer has a vital role in helping a person diagnosed with breast cancer to have the best possible quality of life during their breast cancer experience.
The role of a carer can vary and depends on each person's individual circumstances. You might not consider yourself a carer, merely someone trying to help. If you are a family member, you may feel that caring for someone is part of the relationship. Because every situation is different, the type and amount of care can vary greatly and may change over time. The physical demands of treatment often mean that practical support such as helping with housework, cooking meals or transport to appointments can be a key part of a carer’s role. Equally providing emotional support and reassurance are valuable aspects of the carer role.
As a carer you may experience a range of complex and difficult emotions along the cancer experience. Supporting a family member or friend during this time can also be exhausting and upsetting. Taking time to care for your own health and wellbeing is important. If you are feeling overwhelmed, there are many supports available.
On this page, you will find a collection of information and resources that can help you through your experience as a caregiver for someone with breast cancer. Learn more about breast cancer services, how you can help your loved one and what support options are available for you.
Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) is here to help you.
The following collection of resources has been designed for people who are caring for someone with a breast cancer diagnosis.
Based on the experience of our members, we have compiled a suite of tools designed to help you feel connected and supported.
These are some of the things we are often asked by people who caring for someone with a breast cancer diagnosis.