Clients with serious life-limiting illnesses have care needs beyond regular home care programs. The seriousness of their conditions comes with certain nuances, whether they are in active treatment and have symptoms that need to be controlled or their care is focused on increasing their comfort and quality of life for as long as possible.
Lung cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer-related death worldwide and claims more than 150,000 American lives yearly. This is due mainly to the delayed diagnoses and 15% survival rate. Health agencies across the globe seek to raise awareness of lung cancer, its causes, risks, and treatment in the month of November – Lung Cancer Awareness Month.
November is National Diabetes Month, and this year’s theme, “education to protect tomorrow” encourages everyone, especially persons diagnosed with diabetes, to educate themselves as part of effectively managing the condition.
When breast cancer is detected early, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) says patients have a 98% chance of beating it. The CDC also says that about 2 in 3 breast cancer cases are diagnosed at a localized stage, meaning the cancer has not spread outside the breast, and that when caught at this stage the patient will most likely survive with modern medicine and technology.
After a patient is diagnosed with breast cancer, their clinical cancer team of doctors and specialists immediately get to work on what would be the best combination of treatment.
Learning that a loved one has been diagnosed with a serious illness like breast cancer is always heartrending. You want more details, answers, and of course ways to show your support and assist, but it is never easy, especially on the patient whose own mind and emotions are reeling from such heavy news.
How do they feel?
There’s no right or wrong way to feel after a diagnosis of breast cancer.