100 Questions & Answers About Caring for Family or Friends by Susannah L. Rose, Richard T. Hara

By Susannah L. Rose, Richard T. Hara

Even if you're a pal or relative of somebody being affected by melanoma, this e-book bargains support. the single ebook on hand to supply either the pro healthcare giver's and patient's perspectives, a hundred Questions & solutions approximately taking good care of kinfolk or pals with melanoma, moment variation grants authoritative, functional solutions for your questions about treatments, domestic care, assurance, caliber of existence and extra. This booklet, thoroughly revised and up to date for this new version, is a useful source for friends and family who're dealing with the actual and emotional turmoil of melanoma.

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How can I allow my father to do these things without feeling that I am neglecting him? A cancer diagnosis and treatments change a person’s body, sometimes making it difficult to resume past activities. QXP 9/23/09 1:55 PM Page 37 100 QUESTIONS & ANSWERS ABOUT CARING FOR FAMILY OR FRIENDS WITH CANCER The most important part of this process is how your father feels about his own abilities. Sometimes patients worry about physical symptoms, or fear that they will hurt themselves. Find out what he believes his limitations are and why he has them.

If his concerns are medical in nature, try to have the medical team address them with him directly. Then you can work out a plan with your father on how to get him to do the activities the medical team recommends. Be flexible. It may take time, or trial periods of alternative or intermediate activities, before your father reaches the goals you’ve agreed upon. But by making your father a partner in the process, you help enhance his self-esteem and relieve yourself of feeling fully responsible for his recovery.

QXP 9/23/09 1:55 PM Page 30 100 QUESTIONS & ANSWERS ABOUT CARING FOR FAMILY OR FRIENDS WITH CANCER treatment does, but sometimes the effects of these treatments involved in clinical trials are not as well known as the effects of standard cancer therapy. Therefore, make sure your loved one enters a clinical trial with “eyes open,” understanding all the pros and cons of the proposed study including possible harm and side effects, and potential benefits. This research may benefit other patients being treated in the future by allowing doctors to test new and potentially better treatments.

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