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Who are the real life savers for a cancer patient?

Written by  Wednesday, 26 August 2015 14:31

Cancer is a depressing disease and it is very important that the right group of people is there to help the cancer patient fight well against the disease. This guide will teach about who you need to approach when dealing with any type of cancer.


First:  Patient’s family and Caregivers

The group basically means the person who is actually taking care of the patient to recover at home, or in a rehabilitation centre. It could be family member or a trained social worker or nurse and they have to be with the patient always. A cancer patient needs a caregiver:

1. To provide emotional support and assure them that everything will be taken care of well.

2. To ensure the entire treatment goes as per schedule and monitoring the signs and symptoms of improvement or depression in the patient.

3. Proactively preparing to handle any emergencies and save the life of the patient.

4. Constanly updating their knowledge on the diseases and communicating with the medical experts about the condition of the patient.




Second: Medical experts, doctors and cancer specialists

The medical world has become advanced and a lot of medical specialists are trained for each type of cancer but always make sure they are well experienced. Some of the people who will take care of the cancer treatment are:

1. Medical doctors: They are licensed medical practitioners who deal with cancer patients, diagnose them, take tests and prescribe the medications and treatment for them.

2. Nurse Practitioners: They are qualified nurses with doctoral degrees and have enough clinical experience to handle critical patients and are always attending patients along with a doctor.

3. Medical specialists: Once the doctors take a detailed checkup, they will refer the patient to the concerned medical specialist. These specialists deal with specific parts of the body and therefore can provide better and high quality treatment for that specific type of cancer. Some of the cancer specialists are:  Endocrinologist, Gastroenterologist, Dermatologist, Gynecologic oncologist, Medical oncologist, and Hematologist


Third: Medical interpreters

Most of the time, we forget this segment of people who are the real hidden life savers of any cancer patient, who cannot effectively communicate in English. It is truly stressful if a patient or their loved ones or their caregivers cannot express their feelings, clear their queries and know the actual condition of their health. Hospitals always recommend patients to take the help of a Medical Interpreter so that the treatment goes in the right direction.

What do the medical interpreters do?

1. In simple words, they are the mouth for the patient. All of us who are not working in the medical sector may not understand how to spell a medical term or even understand what a treatment does for us or why we have to take a certain medicine. Medical Interpreters explain the meaning in simple layman language.

2. Next, when we suffer from cancer or even any critical disease, both we and our family members who accompany us, do not know what to ask or how to explain the problems in English. When anxiety and fear strikes us, and especially when we do not know how to communicate well, it is medical interpreter who communicates our queries to the doctors.

3. Last but the most important they are extremely patient and wait till the patient or the family member is able to ask queries, and then leave the place only when both the medical expert and the cancer patient and their family has understood all the angles of the disease accurately. They leave out any scope for misunderstandings and cultural gaps and differences between both groups.


To conclude, medical advancements do have their share in outwitting the power of cancer, but love, support and the timely communication by medical interpreters, family members and caregivers are more vital to allow the patient hope for the best and heal from inside.

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