Self-Care Measures with Cancer

GENERAL INFORMATION:

What are self-care measures? Self-care measures help you cope with cancer and its treatment. The measures are used in addition to your healthcare provider's treatment and care.

How may cancer or its treatment affect me?

What lifestyle changes can help manage my symptoms? Lifestyle changes may help protect you from getting sick and decrease your symptoms.

What types of therapy may help manage my symptoms? Therapy may help you adapt to changes caused by your cancer, symptoms, and treatment. A physical therapist teaches you exercises to help improve movement and strength and to decrease pain. An occupational therapist teaches you skills to help with your daily activities.

Call 911 for any of the following:

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I contact my healthcare provider?

CARE AGREEMENT:

You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your caregivers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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