As much as your loved one has to endure the pains of cancer treatment, this journey with cancer is also about the caregiver. No two cancer is ever the same. Through the different stages of cancer, understand what your loved ones experience and support them with appropriate cancer care, at home.
Stages 1 & 2
Early detection means the cancer cells are typically contained. They have yet to or have shown initial signs of spreading to other parts of the body. To your loved ones, daily living might not be much different, apart from the additional medical appointments for treatments and follow-ups. For some, they may have occasional bouts of lethargy and weakness due to the prescribed medications.
During this time, let your loved ones focus on their treatment and recovery in a safe and comfortable environment. Be their trusty companion and listener. Note down their medical appointments and arrange for a medical escort when needed. At home, take over chef duty when they hungry but tired. Give your loved one a hug and lend them your ear when they pour out their worries and frustrations.
In this fight with cancer, they are not alone.
Stages 3 & 4
At the later stages, the cancer cells have spread to other parts of the body. Pain might be a constant companion for your loved one. They may need pain relief, frequent help with activities of daily living, like feeding and changing diapers, and nursing procedures.
They may be too weak to leave their bed. As a caregiver, you can help to prevent muscles from stiffening by engaging them in regular, simple exercises or massages. This helps to keep your loved ones’ muscles active and prevent deterioration or bedsores from forming. At times, home visits by professional nurses might be needed to assist your loved one with her medical equipment and nursing procedures.