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Patient Empowerment involves active participation by the patient working in partnership with a healthcare team to receive the best care.

Patient empowerment begins with leaning about one’s own illness or condition, and participating in treatment decisions. It continues as a process, first by keeping a full and comprehensive record of one’s own medical history. Diagnosis, treatments, and medications are tracked by the patient, as well as symptoms and treatment side effects.

Through the process of patient empowerment, patients openly communicate with their healthcare team, contributing to the whole picture and individualizing care. In doing so, physicians are encouraged and enabled to provide optimal care in partnership with their patients.


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Hi, I'm Betti
  • Thu Apr 28, 2022 · Like1
Hi, I'm Blessed
Hi. I haven’t told many people. First and foremost I want to thank and praise God. I was dx with rectal cancer last January 21. Stage 2 no Mets. I did 6 chemo treatments and radiation for six w...
  • Wed Apr 20, 2022 · Like3
Hi, I'm Boymom
I'm assuming you are metastatic if you are on Taxol for the rest of your life? If so, you stay on it as long as its working and then move to something else. Very rare to say 1 treatment is going ...
  • Thu May 19, 2022 · Like1
Hi, I'm Corella B.
Keep praying! God is a healer!
  • Thu May 19, 2022 · Like3
Hi, I'm Carolyn S.
Found your discussion purely by accident as I was looking for something unrelated. I have a "mass" in my left parotid gland which was biopsied in September. The tissue was not cancer but the doct...
  • Wed Mar 30, 2022 · Like1
Hi, I'm Betti
Have you discussed this with your team? It may be a side effect of Ibrance or something else.
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