Needs of family caregivers of persons with cancer: a review

Semin Oncol Nurs. 1993 May;9(2):114-20. doi: 10.1016/s0749-2081(05)80107-x.


The focus of cancer patient care has moved from the hospital to the home as a result of shortened acute-care stays and subsequent early discharges. Thus, family members and friends frequently must assume the caregiving role. Research has provided information regarding who in the family assumes the responsibility for care of the cancer patient, the needs of these family caregivers, community resources available, and service gaps within the present health care system.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Caregivers / psychology*
  • Community Health Services
  • Emotions
  • Family / psychology*
  • Health Services Needs and Demand*
  • Humans
  • Neoplasms / psychology*