Coming to terms with a cancer diagnosis can be one of the most difficult moments of a person’s life, having a world-shaking effect on them and their loved-ones. Whilst the ways of managing and fighting the disease has come a long way in the last few years, the symptoms and treatments can still have incredibly taxing effects on the well-being of an individual. If yourself or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer, it is best to consider all options to improve chances of recovery and comfort in the midst of what can be a physically and emotionally gruelling period of time.
When a loved one is diagnosed with cancer, the hospital can become all too familiar. Most cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy and radiation, have to take place in a hospital, as do regular check-ups with an oncology specialist. Although hospital visits are an important part of one’s treatment—especially if the cancer has developed to its later stages—there is a wide variety of care that can be delivered in the comfort of your own home.
While cancer treatment has taken huge strides forward in the last few years, there are certain cancers, that if not caught early, Below we discuss the specifics of palliative care and how it can help those coping with a cancer diagnosis on both physical and mental levels.
Palliative care can support those suffering from cancer and their loved ones in many ways, ranging from helping to administer certain medications, to support the patient’s mental well-being in dealing with the diagnosis. While palliative care is usually carried out by a specially trained nurse, the basics of care—life-management, companionship and emotional support—can be provided by a professional carer with the relevant experience. Chemotherapy can often result in a lack of energy and appetite, so a professional carer can help with looking after your home, cooking meals, and providing emotional support in moments of depression, a condition commonly associated with cancer.
Choosing a Care Provider
Managing life with a cancer diagnosis can become logistically very difficult, as one tries to organise the different appointments needed for appropriate care, such as chemotherapy, meetings with doctors, and other treatments yourself or your loved one is undergoing. It can be hard to know when you are going to need help at home, with travel, or even with cooking. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, finding a care provider that offers the freedom to decide when you need care and for how long is crucial. A good care provider, like Cera, will also work with the patient and their family to devise a care plan that best suits their unique situation and to find a professional carer who matches their interests and personality, ensuring a seamless integration into their life when it is most needed.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer and are unsure of the next steps to take in order to maintain as much comfort and independence as possible at home, you can call Cera on 020 3034 4780 or click here to arrange a free, expert consultation and discuss exactly how we could help you during this difficult time.