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Invisible burdens: The complex needs of caregivers of patients with brain cancer

from Oncology Nurse Advisor

Caregiving for someone with cancer presents numerous challenges, but when the diagnosis is a malignant brain tumor, caregivers may experience unique and complex challenges that differ from those experienced with other diagnoses. With the tumor site located in the brain, patients and caregivers face the challenge of managing not only physical symptoms but cognitive symptoms as well. Activities of daily living and cognitive abilities such as memory, language, motor skills and mood can be impacted. Adverse effects of treatments — radiation, chemotherapy, surgery — may add additional challenges. more

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