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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 Jim B
Does anyone have experience with head and neck cancer REappearing in the lung? Hubby was treated 4 years ago for cancer at the base of his tongue with both chemo and radiation. He has had clear P...
  • Sat Oct 19, 2019 · Like1
I'm Ron Perkins, and I'm a survivor of Recurrent Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
Hi Russ !! I have had lung cancer and have been treated with Opdivo and had 34 rounds of it !! I had very good results with it and no side effects from it that i was aware of ! I did gradually star...
  • Sun Oct 20, 2019 · Like3
I'm ANGELA R B.r, and I'm a survivor of Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer
Not yet completely confirmed...met w/Dr.@ RWJ...NB... on Thrus...many blood vials & urine taken...prev met w/Thoracic Dr...St. Barn....nods found...biopsy & xrays cleared...(GREAT)...brain MRI sche...
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Hi, I'm Betti
I'm not sure what you mean by OCS, this site?
  • Sun Sep 29, 2019 · Like1
Hi, I'm Becca
Have done 12 weeks of Toxal and herception. had lumpectomy. NOW they want to do IMMUNOTHERAPY with KADCYLA.. Has anyone else had this?
  • Sun Sep 29, 2019 ·
Sandra, I wonder if contacting the drug company that produces Keytruda will effect help? Oftentimes the company(ies) steps up and helps patients. I pray for your son getting better. Cindy
  • Sun Oct 20, 2019 ·
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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