3 Ways to Monitor Cancer Treatment at Home

Elderly Care Anthem, NV: 3 Ways to Monitor Cancer Treatment at Home

Caring for an older adult through cancer treatment and recovery is a difficult task. Some days family caregivers may feel like they are juggling too much to keep it all straight. One important aspect that should not be overlooked is monitoring how well cancer treatment is going at home. The American Cancer Society has developed three tools that can help to track how older adults feel at home and other important aspects of cancer treatment. The tools can be found on the American Cancer Society’s website at cancer.org under the “Treatment & Support” headline. Below is a description of the tools they offer.

Side Effects Worksheets

There are two worksheets available to cancer patients and their caregivers. One is for chemotherapy and one is for radiation. The worksheets include instructions for how to properly use them. Each worksheet is used to track side effects for 7 days. They list and describe the most common side effects suffered by people undergoing the treatment. There is a column for each day of the week in which older adults or their caregivers check a box that indicates if the side effect has not been present or is mild, moderate, or severe on that day. The worksheet also indicates when to call the doctor about side effects and offers a space to write notes about what to discuss with the doctor.

Pain Diary

Pain is common with cancer and during cancer treatment. However, there are treatments available for it. The pain diary offers an easy way for seniors to track their pain. It explains what to look for and what to write down. The pain diary itself is a grid with a space for the date and information about the senior’s pain that day, including:

  • How bad the pain is on a scale of 1 to 10.
  • Where the pain is located and what it feels like.
  • What the person was doing when pain started.
  • What medicine he senior took, when, and how much.
  • Other pain relief methods they tried.
  • How long they were in pain.
  • How bad the pain was an hour after taking medicine.
  • Other notes.

Medicine List

The medicine list is a chart that patients or caregivers can fill in to keep track of the medicines they take. It is an easy way for them to keep a current list of all prescription and non-prescription medications and supplements the older adult is taking. The list should be taken to all appointments, so that it can be regularly reviewed and updated. Keep another copy at home that is easily accessible in case of an emergency.

Elderly care providers can assist older adults with filling out the monitoring tools. An elderly care provider can ask the older adult how they are feeling each day and question them about pain and side effects. If your aging relative reports side effects that require a call to the doctor, they can contact a family caregiver to ensure the senior gets the help they need.

If you or an aging loved-one are considering Elderly Care in Anthem, NV,  please contact the caring staff at Compassion Crest Home Care.

Sources

https://www.cancer.org/treatment/treatments-and-side-effects/tools-to-monitor-treatment.html

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3 Ways to Monitor Cancer Treatment at Home

Elderly Care Anthem, NV: 3 Ways to Monitor Cancer Treatment at Home

Caring for an older adult through cancer treatment and recovery is a difficult task. Some days family caregivers may feel like they are juggling too much to keep it all straight. One important aspect that should not be overlooked is monitoring how well cancer treatment is going at home. The American Cancer Society has developed three tools that can help to track how older adults feel at home and other important aspects of cancer treatment. The tools can be found on the American Cancer Society’s website at cancer.org under the “Treatment & Support” headline. Below is a description of the tools they offer.

Side Effects Worksheets

There are two worksheets available to cancer patients and their caregivers. One is for chemotherapy and one is for radiation. The worksheets include instructions for how to properly use them. Each worksheet is used to track side effects for 7 days. They list and describe the most common side effects suffered by people undergoing the treatment. There is a column for each day of the week in which older adults or their caregivers check a box that indicates if the side effect has not been present or is mild, moderate, or severe on that day. The worksheet also indicates when to call the doctor about side effects and offers a space to write notes about what to discuss with the doctor.

Pain Diary

Pain is common with cancer and during cancer treatment. However, there are treatments available for it. The pain diary offers an easy way for seniors to track their pain. It explains what to look for and what to write down. The pain diary itself is a grid with a space for the date and information about the senior’s pain that day, including:

  • How bad the pain is on a scale of 1 to 10.
  • Where the pain is located and what it feels like.
  • What the person was doing when pain started.
  • What medicine he senior took, when, and how much.
  • Other pain relief methods they tried.
  • How long they were in pain.
  • How bad the pain was an hour after taking medicine.
  • Other notes.

Medicine List

The medicine list is a chart that patients or caregivers can fill in to keep track of the medicines they take. It is an easy way for them to keep a current list of all prescription and non-prescription medications and supplements the older adult is taking. The list should be taken to all appointments, so that it can be regularly reviewed and updated. Keep another copy at home that is easily accessible in case of an emergency.

Elderly care providers can assist older adults with filling out the monitoring tools. An elderly care provider can ask the older adult how they are feeling each day and question them about pain and side effects. If your aging relative reports side effects that require a call to the doctor, they can contact a family caregiver to ensure the senior gets the help they need.

If you or an aging loved-one are considering Elderly Care in Anthem, NV,  please contact the caring staff at Compassion Crest Home Care.

Sources

https://www.cancer.org/treatment/treatments-and-side-effects/tools-to-monitor-treatment.html



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