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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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Anyone with experience with A1inhibitor after lumpectomy at age 80?
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Do you have to take pills for 5years, i dont know if you will nevet have cancet again. Iam leary of starting it.
  • Sun Jun 23, 2019 ·
Hi, I'm Pamela M R.
What do any of you do for weight gain. I lost 40 pounds during chemo and have been on anastrazole for 4 months. Hungry all the time and for sweets. Gained 20 pounds back!! This is very depressing a...
  • Sun Jun 23, 2019 ·
Hi, I'm DragginFeet
It worked for me: the anti-nausea seasickness bracelets available for your ocean cruises kept me from having to take any of the prescribed anti-nausea medicines. I wore two of them (one on each ...
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Hi, I'm Angie
I did chemo, double mastectomy, Xeloda, and then radiation. I’ve been done with everything since late September an am starting to feel a bit more like myself.
  • Sun Jun 23, 2019 · Like1
Hi, I'm Diane R M.
This post is for Sandra C...I was diagnosed with a 2nd breast cancer after 16 yrs from my first diagnosis. At that time I had lumpectomy Chemo radiation & hormone blockers which I stopped after 3 ...
  • Sun Jun 23, 2019 ·
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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
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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
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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