Disbelief and fear are some of the emotions typically associated with a cancer diagnosis. Taking certain steps post-diagnosis can help sort out this flood of feelings to provide some much-appreciated clarity and stability. If your aging parent or relative has recently been diagnosed with cancer, here are a few things Boca Raton home care professionals recommend doing immediately following.
Seek Other Opinions
Most reputable doctors will either recommend or encourage additional opinions. Consider getting one of those opinions from a doctor who specializes in your senior loved one’s type of cancer.
Ask Questions, Gather Information
There’s often no urgency to make decisions about treatment and other issues immediately after a diagnosis is given. Take a deep breath and take time to ask questions and get as much information as possible about:
- Short-term and long-term treatment options
- Long-term prognosis for the type of cancer
- Side effects associated with common treatments
Put Together a Support/Care Network
Many hospitals will help patients put together a group of doctors and other medical professionals. Cancer centers tend to offer an added layer of support. This group often includes counselors to address both physical and emotional issues and dietitians to recommend certain foods that may naturally alleviate some symptoms associated with your loved one’s cancer or the treatments.
Look at Clinical Trials
There are many new cancer medications and treatments being tested. See if there are any upcoming or ongoing trials involving your loved one’s form of cancer within your local or nearby area.
Encourage Personal Choices
There is no one-size-fits-all approach to dealing with cancer. Encourage your loved one to make personal choices based on what’s right for them.
Statistically, many forms of cancer respond well to early treatment. Even so, it’s important to have a personal level of support that includes friends, family members, and local or online support groups. Going with your loved one to appointments can also provide added comfort and an extra set of ears to take in what’s being discussed.
If you’re unable to meet an aging loved one’s needs after a difficult diagnosis, reach out to Home Care Assistance. We offer live-in, hourly, and respite care in Boca Raton, ensuring you and your loved one have the support needed to maintain a high quality of daily living. Call (561) 826.9282 today and schedule a free in-home consultation.