Tips for Family and Friends of Cancer Patients
Quality of care Patient-centered care is considered a pivotal aspect of high-quality health care. Open in a separate window. Principles of cancer patientcentered home care CPCHC is considered as the future of primary care practice that will be part of the US health care system change into a more accessible, effective, efficient, safe, and economical sustainable system. Oncologist-directed health care team. Table 2 Key issues for a home anticancer treatment service.
High-quality integrated services by a trained multidisciplinary team. Measures of patient-centered care To date no widely accepted conceptual model of patient- centered care exists.
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Clinical evidence The issue of home therapy in oncology care is not new. Table 3 Advantages of a home therapy care unit. Improved symptom and medication management. Oral therapies In the last decade, the use of oral anticancer agents for the treatment of various types of cancer has been constantly increasing. Economic issues Costs and convenience of delivering cancer treatments at home versus hospital services were analyzed in a study of 82 patients who received home cancer treatment for at least 2 weeks under the coordination of a public cancer center in Lyon, France.
Conclusion Today, improvement in the quality of care for cancer patients through a patient-centered approach is seen as a strategic priority. Footnotes Disclosure The authors report no conflicts of interest in this work. CA Cancer J Clin.
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The future burden of cancer in England: J Care Serv Manag. Hall M, Lloyd H. Boothroyd L, Lehoux P. Cancer chemotherapy at home: Patient-centered management of complex patients can reduce costs without shortening life. To reduce your stress: Try to keep a positive attitude. Accept that there are events you cannot control. Be assertive instead of aggressive.
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Your body can fight stress better when you are physically fit. Your body needs time to recover from stressful events. Don't rely on alcohol or drugs to reduce stress. Consider joining a support group to share your experiences and learn from others. In the next 24 hours, you will receive an email to confirm your subscription to receive emails related to AARP volunteering.
Reliable online sources for the latest research and practical information on cancer include the National Cancer Institute and American Cancer Society. Some cancer centers have a kind of mentoring program that matches new patients with someone who had the same diagnosis and can answer questions. Assess the medical team. Are you and your loved one comfortable with your physician?
The last thing you need is a doctor who adds to your anxiety. Discuss how to share the diagnosis. Sometimes the patient and caregiver have different ideas about handling the news: One may want to tell everyone in their address book; the other may need time to process it quietly. Look for ways to pay.
Investigate financial assistance programs by contacting CancerCare. Cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in the body. Cancer occurs more often in older adults.
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Finding out that you or a loved one has cancer can be overwhelming. Cancer Treatment Decision Tools and Resources. Learn about cancer treatment options and get help making treatment decisions with these videos, interactive tools, worksheets, and other resources. Telling Others About Your Cancer. Only you can decide when to tell your friends and family you have cancer.
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Good, reliable caregiver support is crucial to the physical and emotional well-being of people with cancer. Considering Treatment Options Cancer treatments can be tough, sometimes causing a range of unpleasant or painful side effects. Formulate questions for the doctor with your loved one and bring them to the appointment. If you need reminders, set an alarm timed for each dose. Ask doctors what to expect, how to manage the side effects and when to call for medical help. And find out about palliative care, which is focused on alleviating pain and discomfort. For less-mainstream options, consult reputable sources such as the National Association for Complementary and Integrative Health at the National Institutes for Health.
Your loved one might also consider being part of a drug trial; all current trials are listed at ClinicalTrials. Make the most of your doctor visits, prepare beforehand: