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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 Betti
I meant to say-Did they stitch it in?
  • about 13 hours ago ·
anybody else used keytruda in chemo ?could someone let me know of the side effects they have had with it .and how outcome was and how effective it was?
  • Mon Sep 16, 2019 ·
Please, immediately, get a second opinion. I realize there is a time for the medical field to say, "there's nothing we can do," but for me that's a last resort. Of course, I don't know your entire ...
  • Sat Sep 14, 2019 ·
God first for me.
I also had genetic tests for the BRACA gene. Amazingly I was not a carrier. My Dad and Grandfather both had prostate cancer. I am told, the new meds are very promising for a carrier of the BRACA ge...
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Hi, I'm Deborah C.
Having a gene mutation is a game need to be Proactive. Having a double mastectomy is what all need to will come back in the remaining breast in mother has had this hap...
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Hi, I'm Michelle
Hello everyone, I am new here, I was diagnosed in July of this yr with rectal cancer with a single mets. on my liver. I’m receiving Chemo and surgery to remove both tumors will hopefully be in No...
  • Sun Sep 15, 2019 · Like1
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Is it in your genes? What do our genes tell us about our kidney cancer? How does that affect our treatment? A patient-led, patient-friendly discussion about new findings.
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One of my close friends is running in Bermuda in January of 2013 to find treatments for blood cancers. It’s a 10k mile run, and if anyone can make a $5 or $10 donation, it will be much appriciated!... more
Created Nov 14, 2012
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
Created Sep 13, 2012
Cancer and certain cancer treatments can increase your risk of getting a serious infection. The American Cancer Society has a list of frequently asked questions about risk factors, precautions you ... more