Caregivers: A Vital Part of the Treatment Team

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Medical advances and changing health policy are making things easier for the patient, but they may be adding to the stress of caregivers. Phyddy Tacchi, psychiatric advanced practice nurse and support group leader at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, joins Andrew to discuss the role of a caregiver when facing illness in a loved one. Learn how to deal with the fatigue, anxiety and depression that often comes along with the responsibility of care-giving. You’ll hear why it’s important to take time for yourself and to share your experiences with others in similar situations. Ms. Tacchi gives advice on avoiding guilt in leaving the bedside by finding other activities to fill your time. Even taking just 10 minutes away can leave you feeling revitalized.

Ms. Tacchi facilitates a support group at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center called, “Caregivers: I’ve Got Feelings, Too!” This is where Barbara, a caregiver, met Phyddy and found the support she needed when taking care of her husband, Sidney, as he went through cancer treatment, including a bone marrow transplant. Barbara speaks candidly about her experiences in taking care of Sidney and finding support at M. D. Anderson. Hear stories of laughter, activities together and time apart that can make the experience easier on both the patient and the caregiver. Barbara tells how this journey has brought her and her husband even closer together. If you or someone you love is facing a serious illness, you’ll want to listen to this program.

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