Advanced melanoma doesn’t simply affect the person with cancer. Family and friends play an important role in the care of a loved one

Your role as a caregiver

You play an important part in your loved one’s treatment journey. Being a caregiver means that you may have to be there for a loved one. Your help can make a difficult time a little easier. You may find the information and resources below useful.

Tips on how to help support your loved one throughout the journey:

Communication

  • Talk with each other. Make sure they know you want to help. Communication is key
  • Offer to go with your loved one to medical appointments
  • Communicate with the entire healthcare team

Information gathering

  • As a caregiver, you can act as an extra set of eyes and ears at doctor appointments. Ask questions and gather information to share with your loved one
  • Offer to help your loved one note any changes in symptoms or side effects
  • Keep track of medical information and paperwork
  • Find out if there are any special instructions and treatment tips that the healthcare team recommends

Emotional support

  • Try to keep a positive attitude–it is beneficial for your loved ones and for you
  • Spend time together and do things that remind you both that you have a relationship separate from your loved one’s diagnosis
  • Encourage your loved one to engage in the activities they like as much as possible

The value of communication

Checking in with your loved one is among the most valuable things you can do

The more you know about how your loved one is feeling, the better prepared you will be to help them. Your support is invaluable and sometimes just being there to talk and listen can make a big difference.

Here are some different ways to help create a healthy dialogue:

  • Ask if it’s a good time to talk
  • Be supportive, listen, and avoid interrupting
  • Think about what you will say in advance
  • Speak from the heart
  • Remember that you can have more than one talk
  • Don’t always say, “It’ll be okay”

Taking care of yourself

You play an essential role in the TECENTRIQ journey. Taking care of yourself is an important step towards ensuring that you’re taking care of your loved one.

Some tips that may help you avoid feeling overwhelmed:

  • Keep a journal to organize thoughts and create memories
  • Have regular doctor checkups
  • Know your limits and be realistic about the time and energy you can give
  • Find time to relax and do what you enjoy
  • Go easy on yourself and focus on positive things you are doing for your loved one
  • Consider routines that can improve your mood and energy
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help; your family or friends can be your first resource
  • Consider joining a support group or talking to a counselor
     

Additional support

Find cancer-related organizations that can provide you with information, support, and advocacy

Financial assistance options

TECENTRIQ Access Solutions is a program that may help people who are taking TECENTRIQ