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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 Judy
I had DCIS 12 years ago. Did lumpectomy and radiation. I took tamoxifen for 5 years. I think the only side effect for me is it put me in early menopause. No other side effects for me.
  • Thu Dec 5, 2019 ·
Hi, I'm Erin D E.
I had a double mastectomy 2 years ago and I recently had a Breast MRI to rule out a lump but what they did find is parenchymal enhancement which consist of breast tissue which I do not have anymore...
  • Tue Dec 3, 2019 · Like1
Hi, I'm DIANE M.
I think you shouldn't do it without talking to your doctor. I am on a maintenance chemotherapy drug daily but am receiving all the vaccines in a very controlled manner since I had a stem cell trans...
  • Tue Dec 3, 2019 ·
Hi, I'm GlennB
My husband’s GBM4 tumor is methylated. I understand this means that his tumor is favorable for treatment with Temodar. My question is this ... What are the statistics for “normal” tumor shrinkag...
  • Tue Nov 12, 2019 ·
Hi, I'm LISA M G.
I’m so sorry for the late response. Yes, I had chemo as my first treatment that included Taxol and Herceptin. I lost all of my hair as well. My hair grew back once the chemo treatment was over. ...
  • Mon Dec 2, 2019 ·
Hi, I'm P French
I am breast cancer patient who had stage 2 breast and now I am currently in remission. I am currently taken Tamoxifen 20 mg everyday. I had an CT scan of my abdomen and pelvis and, they doctor saw ...
  • Sun Nov 3, 2019 · Like1
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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