Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Carers Face a Battle of Their Own with Cancer

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Carers Face a Battle of Their Own with Cancer

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Pamela Frost

APN Newsdesk

WORKING full-time and caring for her husband while he was going through treatment for prostate cancer, Bernadette Hartnett admitted she constantly felt tired.

But she said she had to keep going.

"That was the only way," she said.

Queensland Cancer Council research shows some carers of cancer patients have higher levels of stress than the people they care for.

Mrs Hartnett said sometimes carers needed just as much support as patients themselves.

She said luckily they had many friends around them to turn to, including some who would help drive Mr Hartnett to treatment while Mrs Hartnett worked.

He was diagnosed with prostate cancer and underwent radiation treatment every day for eight weeks, most of the time in Toowoomba.

He has now been cancer free for more than two years.

Mrs Hartnett said most of her time as a carer was spent doing household duties and going with him everywhere.

She also said her role meant being there for emotional support. …

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