We have a term for this role … "the caregiver". Some caregivers are paid to do the work - from nurses, to nursing aides, to hospice care nurses, to attendants. They are usually trained in the rigors of caregiving - from the physical signs and symptoms to watch out for in their patients, to the hygienic and nutritional needs, to administering medicines and drugs prescribed by the doctors, getting the vital signs, and even the psychological aspects.
And there are those who are not paid to do the work, but are forced to do so because of the circumstances in their lives. Normally, in the Philippine setting, the role of caregiving is saddled on a family member.
Learning the ropes. One of the first important points for a family caregiver is to educate himself/herself about the type of cancer the loved one has. It is quite common for family members to initially deny the reality of the illness and because of this, ignore the complaints and discomforts of the loved one. And yet, information and knowledge of the illness enables both the caregiver and the patient some element of control about the ambiguity of the illness. Read more.