Cancer Care

In-Home Care Services

Cancer is a broad range of diseases characterized by the development of aberrant cells that can infiltrate and destroy normal human tissue. Typically, Cancer can spread throughout the entire body. Many cancer treatments exist. Depending on your specific circumstances, you may receive a single treatment or a mix of treatments.

The second-leading cause of death worldwide is Cancer. However, the survival rates for various cancers are rising because of advances in cancer detection, treatment, and prevention.

Symptoms

Cancer symptoms and signs will differ depending on which part of the body is afflicted.

Not unique to Cancer but indicative of its presence are the following signs and symptoms:

  • Fatigue
  • Subcutaneous mass or region of thickening that can be felt.
  • Changes in weight, including unintentional loss or gain
  • Changes to the skin, such as yellowing, darkening, or redness of the skin, non-healing lesions, or modifications to existing moles
  • Changes in bowel or bladder habits
  • persistent cough or breathing difficulties
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Hoarseness
  • Ongoing discomfort or indigestion after eating
  • Persistent, unexplained fevers or night sweats are cause for concern.
  • Undiagnosed bleeding or bruises

Causes

Cancer is produced by alterations (mutations) in the DNA of cells. A cell's DNA is packaged into many unique genes, including instructions on fulfilling its activities and growing and dividing. Mistakes in the commands can result in the cessation of a cell's proper function and may lead to cancer development.

Risk factors

While doctors understand what variables may increase your cancer risk, most malignancies arise in persons with no known risk factors. Examples of known cancer risk factors include:

Your age

Cancer can take decades to develop. Therefore, the majority of cancer patients are aged 65 or older. Cancer is not only a disease in adults, even though it is more prevalent in older persons; it can be detected at any age.

Your habits

Certain lifestyle choices have been shown to increase cancer risk. Cancer can be caused by smoking, consuming more than one alcoholic beverage per day for women and more than two alcoholic beverages per day for males, excessive sun exposure or frequent blister sunburns, obesity, and unsafe sex.

Your environment

The surrounding environment may include carcinogenic chemicals that enhance your cancer risk. Even even if you do not smoke, you may be exposed to continue smoking if you frequent smoking areas or live with a smoker. Asbestos and benzene, found in homes and workplaces, are also linked to elevated cancer risk.

Your health conditions

Certain chronic diseases, including ulcerative colitis, can significantly raise the risk of acquiring certain malignancies. Consult your physician about your risk.

Complications

Cancer and its treatment can cause several complications, including:

  • Pain Cancer or cancer therapy can induce pain, albeit not every tumor is uncomfortable. It is possible to treat cancer-related pain with medications and other methods.
  • Fatigue There are numerous causes of fatigue in cancer patients, but it may frequently be treated. A common side effect of chemotherapy or radiation therapy is fatigue, which is typically brief.
  • Difficulty breathing Cancer or medical treatments may result in a sensation of shortness of breath. Therapies may provide alleviation.
  • Nausea Certain malignancies and treatments for Cancer can produce nausea. Your physician can sometimes forecast whether or not your medicine will cause nausea. Medications and other therapies may aid in the prevention or reduction of nausea.
  • Diarrhea or constipation Cancer and illness treatment can cause diarrhea or constipation by affecting the bowels.
  • Weight loss Cancer and cancer therapy may result in a loss of weight. Cancer robs normal cells of nourishment and rids them of nutrition. It isn't easy to treat since it is frequently unaffected by caloric intake or dietary composition. In most cases, artificial nutrition administered via stomach tubes or veins has little effect on weight loss.
  • Chemical changes in your body Cancer can disrupt your body's regular chemical equilibrium and increase your chance of developing significant consequences. Chemical imbalances may manifest with extreme thirst, frequent urination, constipation, and confusion.
  • Brain and nervous system problems Cancer can put pressure on neighboring nerves, causing pain and the loss of function in one body region. Brain cancer can induce headaches and symptoms similar to a stroke, such as weakening on one side of the body.

Prevention

Doctors have identified several ways to reduce your risk of Cancer, such as:

  • Stop smoking. Cancer or cancer therapy can induce pain, albeit not every Cancer is uncomfortable. It is possible to treat cancer-related pain with medications and other methods.
  • Avoid excessive sun exposure. There are numerous causes of fatigue in cancer patients, but it may frequently be treated. A common side effect of radiation therapy or chemotherapy is fatigue, which is typically brief.
  • Eat a healthy diet Cancer, or medical treatments may result in a sensation of shortness of breath. Therapies may provide alleviation.
  • Exercise most days of the week. Certain malignancies and treatments for Cancer can produce nausea. Your physician can sometimes forecast whether or not your medicine will cause nausea. Medications and other therapies may aid in the prevention or reduction of nausea.
  • Maintain a healthy weight Cancer and illness treatment can cause diarrhea or constipation by affecting the bowels.
  • Drink alcohol in moderation. If you choose to drinkCancer and cancer therapy may result in weight loss. Cancer robs normal cells of nourishment and rids them of nutrition. It isn't easy to treat since it is frequently unaffected by caloric intake or dietary composition. In most cases, artificial nutrition administered via stomach tubes or veins has little effect on weight loss.
  • Schedule cancer screening exams. Cancer can disrupt your body's regular chemical equilibrium and increase your chance of developing significant consequences. Chemical imbalances may manifest with extreme thirst, frequent urination, constipation, and confusion.
  • Ask your doctor about immunizations. Cancer can pressure neighboring nerves, causing pain and the loss of function in one body region. Brain cancer can induce headaches and symptoms similar to a stroke, such as weakening on one side of the body.

Why it's done

The purpose of treatment for Cancer is to obtain a cure, allowing the patient to lead a normal lifespan. Depending on your unique situation, this might or might not be doable. If a treatment is not possible, your therapies may be designed to decrease or slow your cancer growth, allowing you to live as long as possible symptom-free.

 

Cancer treatments may be used as follows:

  • Primary treatment. The objective of an immediate remedy is to eradicate the Cancer from the body or to destroy all cancer cells. Any cancer care can serve as the main treatment, although surgery is the most common initial medicine for the most prevalent cancer forms. If your Cancer is especially susceptible to radiation therapy or chemotherapy, you may get one of these treatments as your primary treatment.
  • Adjuvant treatment. Adjuvant therapy aims to eliminate any remaining cancer cells following first care to lessen the likelihood of cancer recurrence. As an adjuvant therapy, any cancer treatment may be employed. Chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and hormone therapy are common adjuvant therapies. Like adjuvant therapy, neoadjuvant therapies are administered well before primary treatment to make it easier or more successful.
  • Palliative treatment. Palliative therapy may alleviate treatment-related adverse effects or cancer-related signs and symptoms. Surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, and hormone therapy are all viable options for symptom relief. Different drugs may alleviate pain and breathing problems. Palliative care can be administered along with other cancer-curing medicines.


The home of a person with cancer is its own planet -- each has its own rhythm of schedules and treatment plans. Add in jobs, personal tasks, household chores, and nursing needs, and it can quickly seem like an ever-expanding galaxy to their loved ones.

It’s normal for all of that to be too much for family and friends to handle on their own. Some tasks, like giving pain medication, require special training. Wading through insurance claims can soak up hours. Meanwhile, meals, laundry, and other housework can pile up. Hiring outside help can bring respite for everyone’s benefit.

With the help of a From the Heart Home Care caregiver, your loved one can better handle personal care, such as getting in and out of bed, walking, bathing, and dressing. Some of our caregivers have had special training and are qualified to give more complex services if supervised by a registered nurse.

In addition to personal care, a professional caregiver can do light household tasks for your loved one, like laundry, meals, housekeeping, and shopping. These services are done to help maintain your house rather than give health care. Our agencies will assign an in-home caregiver for these tasks along with other services.

Cancer in-home care is more than personal care and household care. Our home care agency can sit with you, give emotional support, and help with personal care, paperwork, and getting to and from doctor visits.

Home care services may also include some of these:

  • Nutrition support and help with diet
  • Medical equipment and supplies
  • Pharmacy services
  • Respiratory therapy
  • Transportation
  • Home-delivered meals
  • Problem-solving or other help by phone
  • Dentists, clergy, specialist doctors, and other health professionals
  • Emergency alert or safety monitoring systems

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