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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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Hi, I'm Betti
Have you talked with your doctor(s) about it?
  • about 10 hours ago ·
Hi, I'm Betti
I wasn't saying it's not real as I know those who have suffered with it. It was just this particular lady who was always blaming her chemo. and in her case it probably didn't help but she is defin...
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Hi, I'm KAY Z K.
Thank you!
  • Fri Mar 22, 2019 ·
Hi, I'm Juls
Good to know.
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Hi, I'm Bonnie R K.
Has anyone with hormone receptor positive cancer opted to remove their ovaries but skip AI’s? I understand AI’s further lower risk. I understand that the body still makes some estrogen even without...
  • Sun Mar 17, 2019 ·
Hi, I'm Barbara Jean
How bad is the Radiation?? How painful is it?? I have rectal cancer, any information on Radiation and Chemo would greatly be appreciated I'm starting both in a week...Thank You
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