Supporting someone with bowel cancer
If you are the partner, relative or friend of someone with bowel cancer, you may feel you need support yourself.
Caring for someone with bowel cancer can cause stress, sleep problems and other health problems. You may also be worried about money.
Some people find it helpful to go into hospital appointments with their loved one. This gives you the chance to ask the healthcare team any questions you may have. You can also help your relative or friend remember what the doctor or nurse has said.
It's natural to want to do everything you can to support your loved one. But it's also important to take care of yourself and not try to do too much. You could ask for help from family and friends, or you could ask the GP or healthcare team about local support services.
Our online community is a good way to share experiences of supporting someone with bowel cancer. Visit it here at bowelcanceruk.org.uk/community
If you're finding it hard to cope or feeling very low, speak to your GP. They may offer you treatment or support.
For specific advice on how to support someone with bowel cancer during the coronavirus pandemic, visit our coronavirus hub.