Cancer Caregiver Roles

What You Need to Know

by John J. Garnand

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Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 8/6/2012

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 8.25x11
Page Count : 98
ISBN : 9781452553467
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 98
ISBN : 9781452553450

About the Book

If cancer has touched your family, you need this book.

The Cancer Caregiver Roles that have to be assumed are:

1) Medical Supportincluding scheduling, medication support, monitoring side effects, managing pain, maintaining medical records, and advance medical directives.

2) Insurance and Financial Management—selecting the right insurance plans, or finding resources if you have no insurance, and navigating the medical quicksand of costs so as not to drown in medical bankruptcy or lose your home.

3) Household Management—including nutrition management, safety, controls for infection, modesty, and physical/emotional/spiritual support.

The final chapter of the book is on Laughter because splashes of laughter are a powerful antidote to pain, stress, and conflict. Laughter strengthens the body's immune system. Laughter pushes back the cancer for a while. The Epilogue deals with end of life.

About the Author

John Garnand has spent a lifetime as a teacher.

Most recently, John retired from the Leeds School of Business of the University of Colorado at Boulder. For twenty-one years, he was an award-winning instructor in the general areas of business strategy, management operations, ethics, and public policy. While at the university, he established the Multicultural Business Students Association, to help disadvantaged students compete and excel.

Before this, Dr. Garnand held the position of vice president for administration at Regis University in Denver. He was also a graduate faculty member in the Regis University Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) program.

John Garnand also spent career time in industry, as corporate manager of regulatory matters at U.S. West Communications. In the capacity of regulatory support, he wrote testimony and prepared documentation for state regulatory activities. He helped implement a competitive markets seminar, addressing the issues all managers in the company would face after the antitrust breakup of the Bell System. Dr. Garnand was concurrently a faculty member in the Graduate School of Public Affairs, University of Colorado at Denver.

Before these assignments, John was a high school teacher, tennis and debate coach.

I believe that lifelong teaching consequently requires lifelong learning. Learning is more than accumulation of facts; it is nurturing the hunger to understand, the yearning for meaning, and resolution of the whys of life. In the course of life, there are so many new things to learn every day—if we will be open to their existence and insistence. We become what we learn.


I believe that none of us was fully prepared when the call came to become a Caregiver to our loved one diagnosed with a major disease. Caregiving is "on-the-job-learning" and that leads us to the purpose for this book.


This book is my effort to pull together all the information that I have had to learn over nine years of attending to my cancer patient loved one. It is my hope that this compilation will make it easier for other Cancer Caregivers faced with similar circumstances.