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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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I'm Cameron, and I'm a healthcare professional
Hello, I'm the Community Assistant for Navigating Care. Thank you for joining our Community and engaging in some of our discussions. We appreciate you taking the time to reach out to us to prov...
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I'm lizmc, and I'm a survivor of Breast Cancer
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Hi, I'm Betti
Why all of a sudden has there been numerous posts about drugs for ED? It seems every day there is at least 2 or more about different medications. I ignore them but wonder if there is a way they c...
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Hello! I am posting to share an opportunity for children aged 6-18 years old who have been affected by a parent or caregiver’s cancer. I am an Outreach Coordinator at Camp Kesem at the Univer...
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Hi, I'm Zip
I am two years out of 7 Chemo treatments and 35 radiation treatments, and cancer free. I had a feeding tube but continued to drink water when taking my pills. The mucus was worse after my last tr...
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Hi, I'm Betti
The original post #5 was the one that was deleted by the Community Assistant.
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A new book that describes the visceral side of adjustment, written by a lung cancer patient, who has learned to love and accept herself despite poverty background, family issues, physical alteratio... more
Updated Oct 28, 2018
I have developed two serious adverse reactions due to infusion with immunotherapy. Earlier this year I developed severe colitis following my second treatment with Yervoy and Opdivo. Last week I was... more
Created May 4, 2015
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.
Created Dec 31, 2012
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