The Hidden Morbidity of Cancer: Burden in Caregivers of Patients with Brain Metastases

Nurs Clin North Am. 2017 Mar;52(1):159-178. doi: 10.1016/j.cnur.2016.10.002.


Caregiving is a highly individualized experience. Although numerous articles have been published on caregiver burden from a variety of diagnoses and conditions, this article presents the unique features of caregiving in patients with brain metastases. Improved long-term survival, concerns about disease recurrence or progression, the cancer experience (initial diagnosis, treatment, survivorship, recurrence, progression, and end of life), and the increasing complexity of cancer treatments add to the demands placed on the caregivers of patients with brain metastases. Health care professionals must identify caregiver burden and administer the appropriate interventions, which must be as unique and individualized as the caregivers' experiences.

Keywords: Brain metastases; Cancer; Caregiver burden; Caregivers; Neuro-oncology.

Publication types

  • Review
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological*
  • Brain Neoplasms / nursing*
  • Caregivers / psychology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Neoplasm Metastasis*
  • Neoplasm Recurrence, Local / nursing*
  • Quality of Life
  • Stress, Psychological*