Home care for cancer patients. Definition

Medical Definition: Home care for cancer patients

Cancer patients often feel more comfortable and secure when they are served at home. Many patients want to stay home and not be separated from his family, friends and things around them and that they are familiar. The care at home or the home care can help patients achieve this desire. This often involves a team approach consisting of physicians, nurses, social workers, physical therapists, family members, among others. Home care can be both rewarding and demanding for patients and carers; can change relationships and require families to address new issues and cope with all aspects of patient care. To help prepare for these changes, it is recommended to patients and carers to ask questions and get as much information as possible to the home care team or organizations devoted to home care. The doctor, nurse or social worker can provide information about the patient's specific needs, the availability of home care services and a list of agencies providing such services.

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