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Caregiver Resource Guide
You may not think of yourself as a “caregiver,” but any person who supports a patient during treatment has taken on this key role. Caring for a loved one who has cancer is important and rewarding, but it isn’t easy. We hope this guide, prepared by the Caregiver Resource Task Force, will help you, your team, and your loved one.
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Whether your treatment is outpatient or requires admission to the hospital, there are things you can do to prepare yourself for the course of therapy you and your physician team have planned.
Preparing for your treatment, planning your daily activities, and being aware of possible side effects are as important to your care as the medical procedures involved.
- Preparing for Chemotherapy
The number of treatments and how often you receive them depends on the kind of cancer you have, the goals of the treatment, the drugs used and your body's response to them.
- Preparing for Radiation Therapy
The delivery of radiation is technically complex and requires a team of highly trained physicians, nurses, physicists, dosimetrists and radiation therapists. Your radiation oncologist is a doctor who specializes in the medical use of radiation to treat patients with cancer.
- Preparing for Surgery
Your doctor will explain your surgery to you and answer your questions.
- Dermatology Procedures and Skin Biopsy
To help you prepare for your visit, we have put together a list of instructions.The list includes:
- preparing for your treatment,
- planning your daily activities,
- possible side effects,
- and after-treatment care of your wound and or skin.
Preparing for Diagnostic Procedures
Each patient wil receive specific instructions, based on medical history and the doctor's recommendations.
Important: You must have a responsible adult present to drive you home from your procedure. You will be sedated and unable to drive yourself.
- Diagnostic Imaging
Biopsies are performed to acquire tiny pieces of tissue either for the diagnosis or staging of cancer, or for molecular testing to better characterize a tumor to guide an individual treatment plan for each patient.
- Positron Emission Tomography (PET)
PET scans provide a complete image that makes it easier for your doctor to diagnose problems, determine the extent of disease, prescribe treatment, and track progress. Total time for the entire PET/CT scan process is about 3 hours.