Assessing Needs After a Cancer Diagnosis

In the wake of a cancer diagnosis, you may need some basic information about what your loved one’s medical situation is, and it’s natural to want to learn as much as you can about your loved one’s specific type of cancer and how it will affect him or her. Some helpers try to find out details which are not necessarily relevant to their loved one’s situation and make suggestions about things their loved one should do, or treatments he/she should try. This well-meaning advice can often put pressure on the person with cancer and cause stress, so it is best to offer advice only if asked.

What’s more important at this crucial time is to assess the needs of your loved one. For example, if the person has serious physical problems due to the cancer, you might ask yourself the following questions:


  • Who is going to look after him during the day?
  • Can he get from his bed to the toilet?
  • Can she prepare her own meals?
  • Does she need medicines that she cannot take herself?

If there is not an immediate need for care, but your loved one’s doctor foresees a need for care during radiation or chemotherapy treatment, work with your family to create a plan of care for those times. Go through a day in the life and think about what will be needed at each stage. This will help to determine  what outside services, such as home health aides, may be needed.

The care team at Wellness Home Care can help your family create a solid plan of care for a loved one who is living with cancer. We can also create healthy meal plans, prepare meals, or provide transportation to appointments, whenever needed. Contact us today to find out more about our cancer care services.




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