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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
It's my understanding that some chemo. drugs cause Neuropathy of the hands and feet. Discuss it with your team and see what they recommend.
  • Wed Jul 28, 2021 · Like2
I didn’t get to ring a bell when I was done with chemotherapy either. I was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer. I did chemotherapy then radiation I had 20 rounds of radiation. Once done my result...
  • about 22 hours ago · Like1
Hi, I'm Karen L T.
All I can say is fight fight fight! I cut my hair to minimize the expected fallout. It simplified my life. One less thing to worry about!
  • Sun Jul 18, 2021 · Like4
Hi, I'm Creeksidek
Breast cancer 2009, chemo, radiation, surgery... Covid went through me and three others in my household/family in April 2021. 4 positive tests at the local hospital test site. About three days...
  • Tue Jun 29, 2021 ·
Hi, I'm Debby L R.
I am taking Piqray. I started on the 300 mg a day in early May. I am having issues with my blood sugar. I have been pre-diabetic for 35 years so I started on insulin when I started the Piqray. It s...
  • Fri Jun 11, 2021 · Like1
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Updated Oct 10, 2019
A new book that describes the visceral side of adjustment, written by a lung cancer patient, who has learned to love and accept herself despite poverty background, family issues, physical alteratio... more
Updated Oct 28, 2018
I have developed two serious adverse reactions due to infusion with immunotherapy. Earlier this year I developed severe colitis following my second treatment with Yervoy and Opdivo. Last week I was... more
Created May 4, 2015
Is it in your genes? What do our genes tell us about our kidney cancer? How does that affect our treatment? A patient-led, patient-friendly discussion about new findings.
Created Dec 31, 2012
One of my close friends is running in Bermuda in January of 2013 to find treatments for blood cancers. It’s a 10k mile run, and if anyone can make a $5 or $10 donation, it will be much appriciated!... more
Created Nov 14, 2012
Many chemotherapy drugs and radiation cause a great deal of skin issues for people living with cancer. This book highlights the best way to manage your skin care by Dr. Mario Lacouture, Associate ... more