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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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I'm Gayle, and I'm a survivor of Stage 2 Breast Cancer
Diagnosed in June 2015 with TNBC at 45 years old. Chemo ACT, lumpectomy and radiation. So far so good. You are not alone in this journey. Hugs!
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Hi, I'm Marilynn R.
I was taking Tamoxifen for 6 1/2 years after my breast cancer diagnosis. I also experienced as many side effects that could be possible with this drug; including joint pain, hot flashes, night swea...
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Hi, I'm Terri
Dr. Glyn Jones in Peoria Ill. is excellent and does this surgery. I did not have it done but he was my plastic surgeon. Not sure what insurance he takes. He was given Rock Doc award by Illinois Can...
  • Tue Jul 17, 2018 ·
Hi, I'm Marcia H.
Is anyone having trouble with bones, arthritis, joint pain? I took this for 5 yrs for thrombocytopenia. I am now having problems with joints.
  • Sat Jul 14, 2018 ·
Hi, I'm Pete Smith
Make best friends with your infusion nurse. She'll give you orientation before chemo and will be your best friend during chemo and after. Mine was stage 3B diagnosed after surgery. During the 12 ro...
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Hi, I'm Karen N J.
I have been on anastrozole for 6 year this week. I am 63, had Stage 1C, chemo, rads, lumpectomy. Had joint pain for for about six months. Started eating an anti-inflammatory diet (including losing ...
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Created May 4, 2015
Is it in your genes? What do our genes tell us about our kidney cancer? How does that affect our treatment? A patient-led, patient-friendly discussion about new findings.
Created Dec 31, 2012
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
Created Sep 13, 2012
Cancer and certain cancer treatments can increase your risk of getting a serious infection. The American Cancer Society has a list of frequently asked questions about risk factors, precautions you ... more
Created Sep 7, 2012
Up to 95% of cancer pain can be treated successfully. To benefit from pain relief strategies it's important to share symptoms with your healthcare team. Our <a href=" more