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Facing A Lung Cancer Diagnosis: How In-Home Care Supports Your Needs

a hand holding a paper cut out of lungs

Caregiving for an Older Adult with Lung Cancer

Caregivers play a vital role in helping with care during the treatment and recovery of lung cancer.

Treating Lung Cancer While at Home

Lung cancer can feel like a scary and overwhelming diagnosis. Still, recovery is attainable with modern advances in treatment and proper care. In the last twenty years, there have been significant advances in lung cancer treatment with the discovery of new drugs and better treatment options (www.medscape.com)

There are three main types of lung cancer. It is important for a caregiver to understand the type of lung cancer and treatment their loved one might be undergoing.

a chart listing the types of lung cancer and common treatments

Source: cancer.org

 

Are you worried it won’t be possible to continue enjoying your independent lifestyle in the comfort of your own home during cancer treatment? An in-home caregiver can provide crucial support that will allow you to continue living the life you want.

How A Caregiver Can Helpways to maintain your health as a caregiver while offering support

Caregivers play a vital role in helping care for an individual who has been diagnosed with lung cancer.

Appointments: Caregivers can attend appointments with patients and take notes on the information the doctor relays. It can be overwhelming for the individual with lung cancer during doctor appointments, so notes will be helpful to refer to later. Caregivers can also help the patient keep their appointments organized and provide transportation to and from appointments.

Encourage emotional well-being: Part of the role of a caregiver is to provide emotional support to the individual with lung cancer. For example, they may want to talk about their fears or anxiety about living with the disease. Having a supportive ear can help them work through things they may otherwise be unable to.

Provide good nutrition: Providing good nutrition to a person with lung cancer can go a long way in their overall health and wellness. Good nutrition during and after treatment can help seniors maintain weight, keep up energy, and help them better tolerate symptoms. Sometimes, eating problems occur due to treatment and result in a variety of barriers such as: difficulty swallowing, sore mouth, vomiting, loss of appetite, change in taste, and stomach problems. Caregivers can help manage these issues and ensure their loved one is receiving the nutrition they need.

Follow-up care: After cancer treatment, the individual must be monitored by their doctor regularly to ensure the cancer has not returned. Regular doctor’s visits can occur for up to 10 years. Caregivers play an essential role as they not only provide transportation but also encouraging words and supportive touch during the treatment process. For cancer patients, side effects may show up right away or even years later. Caregivers can help track side effects after treatment to report to the doctor during the visits.

 

MegaphoneHome Care Tip:

Caregivers play a vital role by supporting a loved one being treated for or recovering from cancer. Therefore, it is important for the caregiver to have access to resources to help them through this process. Visit www.cancer.org for this helpful guide that offers information on caring for a loved one at home with cancer. The guide covers a variety of physical, mental, and emotional health topics.

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