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educational information to complement surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, immunotherapy and improve suvivorship.
The basic goals for a caretaker are to give compassionate care, to be a listener and helper, and to help create hope.
I feel it does take an effort to understand the difficult fears, problems, and necessity of coping skills required in dealing with a person who is acutely or chronically ill. Recovering from the shock of a cancer diagnosis can change a life because of the illness and its resulting effects on how the survivor deals with the common everyday problems. New and acute problems arise, sometimes several times a day, daily, or often many times a week. These changes in how the survivor deals with the simple and sometimes complex tasks in everyday life often present very difficult problems not only for the patient but also for caregivers as well.
Recent studies have shown how the stress of the illness of a loved one or friend can affect how they themselves deal with their lives, as well as their efforts to help a loved one. It is often hard for them to continue to be optimistic and realistic about the patient's health and the results of whether s/he's getting better, worse or just stable. Sometimes, problems evolve that can be insurmountable.
The medical care system is so strained that it can no longer be as helpful with advice, guidance, and practical therapeutic expediencies, which can promote not only better health but also a better quality of life for both the patient and caregiver.
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