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COPING WITH CHILDHOOD CANCER: PATIENTS AND CAREGIVERS

Coping with Cancer

Caring for a cancer patient is an important job that plays a fundamental role in that patient’s recovery. Being a caregiver comes with its own set of challenges. Caring for someone with cancer can be physically and emotionally draining. Physically, you may experience fatigue, changes in appetite or problems sleeping. Emotionally, you may feel sad, anxious, guilty, angry, frustrated or helpless.

Also, as a caregiver remember that it’s all about team effort. A caregiver is a member of an important team of family members, friends, volunteers, and the health care team. Each member of the team offers different skills and strengths to provide effective care. As a caregiver you must:

  • Gather details about the patient’s diagnosis, treatment and prognosis.
  • Be proactive
  • Be a problem solver
  • Try to stay positive
  • Care for the emotional well-being of the person with cancer
  • Communicate openly with the person who has cancer.
  • Accept the limitations of a person with cancer.
  • Include the person with cancer in activities that provide meaning or pleasure.
  • Learn how to give physical care
  • Be an advocate.

Caring for a person with cancer may seem complex and like too much to cope with at first. Depending on the person’s needs, you may provide different types of support. There are many ways caregivers help the person with cancer, and it’s a little different in each case.

Here are just a few examples. You can help the patient:

  • Go grocery shopping and prepare meals
  • Assist with personal hygiene and changing clothes
  • Use the bathroom
  • Clean
  • Do laundry
  • Keep track of finances
  • Drive to doctor’s appointments and treatments
  • Provide emotional support
  • Take medication and adhere to the treatment plan
  • Change bandages after surgery
  • Communicate with the healthcare team
  • Communicate with other friends and family

 

Do you have a loved one with cancer? In need of a care giver for them? At Healthboxes we provide professional care givers. Call 09091111129 or 08097560000 for more.

REFERENCES

https://www.cancercenter.com/community/for-caregivers/intimacy-during-cancer

https://www.cancercenter.com/community/for-caregivers/intimacy-during-cancer

https://www.cancer.net/coping-with-cancer/caring-loved-one/tips-being-successful-caregiver

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DEPRESSION IN CHILDREN

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Although most people think of depression as an adult illness, children and teenagers can develop depression as well. Unfortunately, many children with depression go untreated because adults don't
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Why you should get screened

Why you should get screened

Early screening is key to improving your health conditions.
Getting preventive care or health screenings is one of the most important steps you can take to manage your health. That’s because when a condition is diagnosed early, it is usually easier to treat and regular check-ups can help you and your doctor identify lifestyle changes you can make to avoid certain health conditions.

Why Should I Go For Health Screening?

Health screening helps you find out if you have a particular disease or health condition even if you feel perfectly well, without any symptoms and/or signs of disease. Early detection, followed by treatment and good control of the condition can result in better outcomes, and lowers the risk of serious complications. It is therefore important to get yourself screened even if you feel perfectly healthy.
Regular screening helps to detect conditions that may develop after the previous screening. Hence, it is important for you to go for regular screening tests at the recommended frequency.

Talk with your doctor about when, how often and what you should be screened for. Depending on your personal health history, family health history, or screening results, your doctor may recommend a different screening schedule.

Call Healthboxes on 09091111129 or 08097560000 and let us help you take care of you. Because your life matters.

References
https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/dcpc/prevention/screening.htm
https://healthplans.providence.org/fittogether/find-your-fit/manage-health-conditions/cancer/know-your-screenings/
https://www.cdc.gov/prevention/index.html
https://www.beaumont.org/health-wellness/blogs/recommended-health-screenings-for-all-lifes-stages
https://myblue.bluecrossma.com/healthy-living/screening-guidelines-adults

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