When someone is diagnosed with cancer, family and friends play an important role as caregivers – often providing their loved one with physical, spiritual and emotional support.

 

According to the National Cancer Institute, family caregivers form the foundation of the U.S. health care system, supporting multimodality treatment advances given in outpatient and home settings. November marks National Family Caregivers Month, a time to honor family, friends and neighbors who provide care for loved ones.

Many Novocure employees interact with patients and their caregivers on an ongoing basis. To honor National Family Caregivers Month, some of our employees shared the qualities they admire in our patients’ caregivers.

Strength

“They’re very strong. The first thing I notice, caregivers are ready to take their role by the reins to help the patient through their treatment plan. They are proactive. But also, when things don’t go as planned, they’re still willing to go the extra mile.”  – Nicole Martin, Care Coordinator

“It takes a strong person to be able to take care of somebody who is ill.” – Erika Auclair, Care Coordinator

Compassion

“It is not easy to be a caregiver. When caregivers are compassionate, it says a lot. Caregivers also need to practice compassion toward themselves and prioritize their time. When you’re caring for a loved one, it can be emotionally and physically draining. It’s important that caregivers make time for themselves.” – Erica Bradley, Device Support Specialist, Southeast Region

It takes a strong person to be able to take care of somebody who is ill.

– Erika Auclair, Care Coordinator

Organization

“Caregivers can provide support to patients by writing down questions for appointments or by helping patients follow their treatment plan. Many caregivers I meet show up, pay attention and listen to their loved one’s needs.” – Janet Adams, Device Support Specialist, Arizona and Southern Nevada

Dedication

“Caregivers are so dedicated to the care of their loved ones. They are tireless. Patients need varying degrees of care. Many of the caregivers I know don’t hesitate to provide that support.” – Denise Lemieux, Care Coordinator

Willingness

“A caregiver has to be willing to help their loved one. They step up, and they take it on.  Many caregivers have multiple roles. They work, raise children and have other obligations. It inspires me to see caregivers step up to the plate. I’ve never seen a caregiver who doesn’t want to help their loved one.” – Natalie Grant, Device Support Specialist, St. Louis, Missouri