Currently, many patients who are diagnosed with breast cancer for the first time have their conditions at an advanced stage, namely 3 and 4. In this phase, treatment will be more challenging and more challenging to cure. Not only a physical condition, but this can also affect the patient’s mental illness and social life.
As the closest person, let’s determine the various needs that patients need during breast cancer treatment. Patient needs during breast cancer treatment do not only prioritize healing the disease. Moreover, treatment will also be sought to improve the quality of life of patients.
For more details, here I summarize patients’ needs during breast cancer treatment in four aspects:
1. Physical needs
During breast cancer treatment, patients can experience many physical complaints, including pain, nausea, shortness of breath, decreased appetite, and weight loss.
To deal with these physical complaints, the doctor will usually provide medicines that can relieve them. If this is not handled correctly, the patient’s condition may deteriorate during treatment, resulting in dropping out of treatment. Therefore, as a companion, you should take the time and pay more attention to all complaints and symptoms that patients experience.
Help also remind patients to handle a variety of medications given according to doctor’s recommendations. For example, reminders to take pain relievers. This medicine still needs to be taken regularly even though the patient is not feeling sick because it can prevent pain from appearing. That way, the patient will feel more comfortable and less in pain.
2. Psychic needs
Breast cancer treatment may make the patient’s mental or psychological condition deteriorate. For example, the side effects of medication-related to body image can affect a patient’s self-confidence. In simple terms, body image is the way a person assesses or views his own body.
Well, one of the things that makes patients feel insecure and afraid is the breast removal process. In addition, feeling inferior due to blackened skiAlsodiation or hair loss due to chemotherapy can also discourage patients from undergoing treatment.
Therefore, enthusiasm and support are essential requirements that breast cancer patients need during treatment. As the closest person, you can continue to support and encourage patients. For example, when the patient is afraid that his hair will fall out, you can calm him down and tell him that the hair that is falling out will grow.
You can also try to explain that changes in breast shape that occur after surgery can be helped by a unique bra later. Another way to show support can also give her a pretty hat, wig, or scarf that might make her more confident. Undoubtedly, with this support, patients can feel supported in these tough times.
3. Social needs
One of the important needs of patients during breast cancer treatment is support from people around them. Many people feel when they have breast cancer, their life is over, and they feel alone.
This support can be obtained from family or close friends and the breast cancer patient community. By sharing burdens and listening to stories from others, patients are expected not to feel isolated.
When this support is obtained from the closest people, the patient will still feel valuable. That way, his social life can still run as before without feeling inferior.
Usually, a cancer hospital has a breast cancer community that patients can join. To be sure, ask the doctor or hospital staff concerned about the community you can join.
4. Spiritual needs
As a companion, you can also provide spiritual support to the patient. The condition of cancer is challenging to live with. This makes patients often question the meaning of the disease, its meaning, and why this can happen to them.
The spiritual aspect is not limited to religion alone, so you can support your patient even if your religious background varies.
For example, you can explain and explain to the patient that the disease he is experiencing is not due to his fault. This cancer can occur due to several factors, ranging from genetic, environmental, and other factors.
Support so that the patient can accept himself and his condition. Remind him that there is always hope by undergoing therapy and following the doctor’s instructions to reduce pain.