Trauma Experienced by Caregivers

Bina Parekh, PhD
While a cancer diagnosis is devasting for the patient, it also has an impact on the patient's caregiver. Bina Parekh, PhD, explains how caregivers experience different types of trauma, especially with the added stress of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Vicarious Trauma and the Impact on Caregivers

Bina Parekh, PhD
Caregivers can vicariously experience trauma of the patient they are caring for. Bina Parekh, PhD, shares how this can impact the caregiver psychologically, emotionally, and spiritually.

How Vicarious Trauma Manifests

Bina Parekh, PhD
Vicarious trauma can manifest physically, emotionally, and psychologically. Those experiencing vicarious trauma may feel confused, irritable, or have trouble sleeping.

How to Cope with Vicarious Trauma

Bina Parekh, PhD
Caregivers and healthcare workers have chosen to put others before themselves. Bina Parekh, PhD, shares how going back to the basics can help with vicarious trauma.

Women Make Healthcare Decisions for Their Families

It is a fact that in most households the woman makes the decisions regarding healthcare for her loved ones. This includes nudging her husband to get his blood pressure checked, or taking the children to the pediatrician to get their vaccines and other medical care.

Oncology Family Caregivers—Who Is Taking Care of These Family Members During and Following Their Loved One’s Cancer Treatment?

Lillie D. Shockney, RN, BS, MAS, HON-ONN-CG
It would be very unusual for a cancer patient to go through diagnosis and treatment without a loved one by their side. This loved one is usually a family member who is serving in the role of caregiver and likely has never been involved in supporting and taking care of someone with cancer before. They accompany the patient to consultations, surgery, chemo, and other treatment sessions. They are instructed by oncology providers what to do for their loved one after each of these visits and between doctors’ visits. What they aren’t provided very often is support for themselves.