What do I need to know about caring someone with small intestine cancer?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner
As a caregiver, you can help your loved one with small intestine cancer through the trial of treating this disease. You can ensure that the treatment plan is followed by accompanying your loved one to doctor appointments and procedures, such as surgery. Small intestine cancer and surgery, the primary treatment option, will mean lifestyle changes at home -- some temporary and some permanent. The fatigue and pain of small intestine cancer may mean that your loved one is less able to handle chores or participate in physically demanding family activities.

You can take charge of the situation by bearing a larger share of the housework, enlisting other family members to help, and planning family activities that are easy for everyone to participate in. It is important for your loved one's emotional health that relationships remain strong and open. Making your family's diet more healthy, with an assortment of fruits, vegetables, and lean protein can benefit everyone and work to prevent the cancer from returning. To combat fatigue, ensure that your loved one exercises at least 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week, by engaging in physical activity as a couple or family.

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