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Important Legal Concerns Faced by Informal Cancer Caregivers 

Important Legal Concerns Faced by Informal Cancer Caregivers
Chapter:
Important Legal Concerns Faced by Informal Cancer Caregivers
Source:
Cancer Caregivers
Author(s):

Debra Wolf

, and Cristina Pejoves Gorman

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190868567.003.0018

This chapter examines various laws that may affect cancer caregivers. Informal caregivers, whether family or friends, often face emotional and financial challenges when taking on caregiving responsibilities for their loved ones. Common concerns may include job security and the financial implications of time off, as well as family conflicts regarding caregiving decisions. As a result, caregivers may experience an increase in stress and obstacles that can interfere with their ability to carry out caregiving responsibilities. This chapter reviews the laws that may be of interest to informal cancer caregivers, including legal protections for caregivers who may need to take time off from work and possible avenues for compensation. The chapter also explores the role that caregivers play in healthcare and other decision-making and the importance of advance directives for cancer patients.

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