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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 Misty D M.
My boyfriend is on 4th or 5th bcg with 4 surgery's. I would love to hear how you do on Keytruda as a possible option for Blake to look into. So far it seems like the last round of bcg may have done...
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Hi, I'm Carl A B.
I have multiple myeloma and had an autologous stem cell transplant done at MDANDERSON 08-2018. There is a lot of good advice above. Research reliable sources. Patient Power at has...
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Hi, I'm Jackie
Claritin was also part of what I took everyday. There is a generic over the counter that I used. I still had some aches and joint pain, but the pain management between the Claritin and the prescr...
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Hi, I'm Susan E R.
I have Multiple Myeloma (currently in remission). I have periodic episodes of intensely itchy areas primarily on my abdomen with no discernible rash, just redness. It goes on for weeks, if not mont...
  • Sun Jan 3, 2021 ·
Hi, I'm Carol F.
Simultaneous to diagnosis, I ended up in urgent care with a diagnosis of eczema and simultaneous to that I got athletes feet. Internist was worthless and did not look at overall story. Now, I ...
  • Wed Jan 6, 2021 · Like3
Hi, I'm Sayonara J.
Thank you soooo much for your comments. I have an appointment tomorrow for my second opinion. My mind is all over the place. It helps to hear from others that are going through this as well. Thank ...
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I have developed two serious adverse reactions due to infusion with immunotherapy. Earlier this year I developed severe colitis following my second treatment with Yervoy and Opdivo. Last week I was... more
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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.
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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