Being able to emotionally support a family member undergoing cancer treatment is no easy task, especially when a loved one is hundreds or thousands of miles away from the caregiver. The number of caregivers providing instrumental and emotional support to an ill loved one who is geographically distant is expected to reach approximately 14 million by 2012. Delicia Honen Yard, of oncologynurseadvisor.com, has reported about a study of the new and complex phenomenon of distance caregiving in the advanced cancer population. The research revealed the stressors that burden distance caregivers, and suggested ways in which nurses might be able to help these persons.
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