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Being a caregiver frequently requires day-to-day interactions with a patient, family and medical team with the goal of normalizing life as well as possible with a total supportive care program. It requires empathy and compassion to meet the physical and psychosocial needs of the patient and family in order to reduce the burden of cancer patient problems, as well as the psychological strain and depression and, physical deterioration and death. The outcome depends on compassionate care from caregivers. There are many personal gains and satisfactions for the caregiver, as s/he helps the patient and family cope with past, current and future problems.

Cancer patients commonly find it difficult to maintain their lifestyles, and sustaining quality of life (QOL) can become a full-time task as they confront fear, fatigue, pain, therapeutic side effects, and the contemplation of the possible failure of therapy and death...Empowerment results from the utilization of coping strategies that help patients to attain a higher level of control and mastery over illness. Integrative supportive care initiatives enable patients to take control as active participants in their treatment.

Fighting Spirit
People are transformed by their circumstances. While some gain strength by fighting for their lives, others are debilitated both emotionally and physically by the mortal threat of a cancer diagnosis. The will to live helps promote patient engagement and the ability to cope with an illness.


 



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