Being informed before a situation happens is always a better option than waiting for it to happen. As cancer may be the last thing we want for our loved ones, it does happen and when it does, we’re better off prepared.
Against popular belief, cancer patients do not necessarily have to be cared for on a hospital bed. If they are discovered early, they won’t even have to stop their regular day to day activities. This is because technology in the medical field continues to advance daily.
Research shows that family members are more instrumental in the care for cancer patients, which is why this article is being written.
Here are the important things to do when taking care of a cancer patient:
LEARN ABOUT THEIR CONDITION – This is probably the most important and foremost thing to do for a family member with cancer. You must educate yourself about the condition, so that you will know what to do and what not to do. The cancer patient needs to know that people care about them, and your knowledge about their condition will go a long way in affirming this. There are lots of information to digest online waiting to be found. Also, be in constant communication with their doctors to know about their medication.
KNOW THE LEVEL OF CARE AND ASSISTANCE THEY NEED AND GIVE IT – This is also related to learning about the condition. However, you must also know the specifics of the patient’s condition and be ready to help with whatever they need help with. Some cancer patients may need help with bathing, dressing up and other things. Being aware of these things and being there to help through them goes a long way.
CREATE A TO-DO LIST – There are many things to do for a cancer patient from medication to therapy to many other things. They may be too much to keep in one’s head. So, it is advised to keep a to-do list where you have the patient’s schedule for each day, so that you don’t miss any important things. Also, these things many be much to do alone, so keeping a to-do list will keep you and other caregivers on track.
MAKE SURE THEY PARTICIPATE IN DECISION MAKING – Especially about their own treatment, the patients should be carried along in the decision making. Cancer patients usually feel like they are not in control of anything in their lives anymore after being diagnosed with cancer. Making them participate in the decision making in day to day decisions and especially about their treatment helps them feel alive and aids treatment psychologically.
DON’T FORGET TO CARE FOR YOURSELF – Most times, people get too engrossed in caring for their loved ones who have been diagnosed with cancer that they forget about themselves. In the end, two people will have to be cared for. To avoid this, one must make sure he is healthy while he takes care of the cancer patient.
To conclude this article, it must be mentioned that cancer is best discovered early. So, encourage your loved ones to get diagnosed ones they notice irregularities in their body and general health.