Nearly Half of Cancer Caregivers Experience Substantial Anxiety and Feel Unprepared
The Cancer Support Community (CSC), a nonprofit organization, recently announced the results of its studies from the Cancer of Experience Registry of cancer caregivers, during the 2017 American Psychological Association Annual Convention.
From a study of 149 caregivers, results discussed that cancer caregivers experienced substantial anxiety (48% of respondents) and elevated fatigue (37%).
Other top needs identified by caregivers include:
• 72% wanted better understanding of the patient’s medical condition
• 62% wanted to learn how to manage personal stress
• 62% lacked information about available financial resources
• 54% desired guidance on how to navigate the healthcare system
Identifying these needs are significant, because caregivers who felt they had more unmet needs also reported less knowledge about the patient’s cancer. This in turn leads to increased feeling of burden and decreased preparation to provide and coordinate care.
For the full press release from the CSC, click here.