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New tools available to support caregivers

‚ÄčWith just over 15.5 million cancer survivors alive in the U.S., it is safe to conclude there are just as many, if not more, family caregivers who have helped them through their cancer experience. 

There's no question they face unique emotional and physical challenges, from stress and depression to not having the energy for self-care, including their own cancer screenings, so we've made it a priority to better support them. 

Last fall, we teamed up with the National Cancer Institute to launch a new mobile-friendly website for both those in active treatment and those who have completed treatment. Springboard Beyond Cancer (survivorship.cancer.gov) contains essential information to help survivors manage ongoing cancer-related symptoms, deal with stress, adopt healthy behaviors, communicate better with their healthcare team, and seek support from friends and family.

We've expanded this tool to give caregivers some support, too. Through the platform, survivors and caregivers can access information to create personalized Action Decks, collections of information on specific topics, view videos, and link to American Cancer Society content and resources relevant to their particular cancer experiences. Now, caregivers can also access information about what it's like to be a caregiver, caring for mind and body, finding meaning and peace in the caregiver role, and coping with life as a caregiver once treatment ends.

In addition, thanks to a sponsorship from AARP, we are pleased to present a brand-new Caregiver Resource Guide. PDFs of the chapters are now available at cancer.org/caregivers. Anyone can access, read, and print these for personal use.


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