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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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  • about 4 hours ago · Like3
Hi, I'm Betti
My breast cancer navigator recommended I keep a journal after my diagnosis. It was very therapeutic for me and I'm sure it will be for you too.
  • Thu Mar 26, 2020 ·
Thanks to you all for caring and sharing.This really means a lot to us and with everyone's input on their experience is so well needed because I have learned something from each post on here and th...
  • about 8 hours ago ·
I'm JackieR, and I'm a survivor of Other Cancer
None of us have a lot of control over when or how we or a loved one will be diagnosed with cancer; at least I don’t think I did. In my case I was diagnosed with two forms of cancer, less than 6 mon...
  • Sat Mar 14, 2020 · Like3
Hi, I'm Cheryl L H.
I have been on piqray for about 8 months. my blood sugar is real high had to go on insulin so far my cancer is not spreading.
  • Sat Mar 14, 2020 ·
Hi, I'm JAMIE S S.
I take anastrozole with no obvious side effects.
  • Sun Mar 29, 2020 · Like3
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