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In Focus On…, we will delve deeper into topics that are aimed at particular groups of people.
Click the boxes below for information geared toward patients under 40 and caregivers..
We provide links to relevant articles and helpful websites below to help these particular groups.

gesture__what_you_can_doIf you’re young and living with metastatic cancer, you might be even more shocked at your diagnosis and feel completely out of place. After all, only old people get cancer, right? Wrong, obviously! But many web sites and information sources focus on the older population. Your needs and concerns might be quite different from theirs. You may be coping with the idea of leaving young children or not being able to have children. You may be struggling with the demands of a job. Your peers may be in the prime of their lives and can’t relate to your illness. If you’re searching for age-specific information, then these are the sites for you.

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gesture__contact_usIf you are the caregiver for someone with metastatic cancer, you may have found yourself with a new full-time job – a job for which you may feel unprepared and overwhelmed. Major decisions about your and your patient’s health, work, family, children, and future may all have to be made suddenly. In this whirlwind, caregivers sometimes forget to take care of themselves. Even the term “caregiver” implies that your function is only to give care, not to need care. But of course we all need care and respite. You as a caregiver might feel guilty voicing any complaints, telling yourself you’re not the one “really” suffering. If you are the patient, encourage your caregiver to take care of him/herself by talking about these major decisions and emotional needs. Your love and encouragement will help that person be strong enough to take care of you. These caregiver links can help you be aware of some of these major decisions (for example, whether to be the caregiver or hire help) and your need for emotional care.

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