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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
I elected to have just 1 removed as the other was and still is healthy. I was diagnosed at age 62 and didn't want to have to undergo any further surgeries. I, too am very active with walking and ...
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Hi, I'm Nancy J P.
A year ago this week I finished six rounds of Doxil combined with cisplatin. I lost exactly 50% of my hair. I found it was actually much easier because it dried more quickly! Now I did a different ...
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Hi, I'm Michelle M O.
Hi my name is Michelle I’ve been on tagrisso for 25 months the side affects are not bad I do have itchy skin but I use coconut oil in my bath water that helps I have stage four lung cancer I was d...
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Hi, I'm Beth
The IBgard seems to be cutting down the gas. I had severe nausea again yesterday so I went to Walgreens and got those anti-nausea/sea sickness wrist bands. The bands helped, however, I am worried...
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