Cancers – epidemiology and risk factors

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Objective 6.4

At graduation, the student should be able to:

a) discuss the role of psychosocial, physical, financial and information supports available for patients and their families
b) identify available information resources, community resources, financial resources and other physical supports
c) demonstrate an understanding of the means by which doctors can facilitate the provision of these services
d) identify the impact on the family of a shift to home care.

Prerequisite knowledge

  • Understanding of physical and psychosocial issues and the importance of personal support for the person with chronic ill health.

Representative question that suggests the required depth of knowledge

1. What are the available community supports for patients with cancer, and their families?

Essential in answer:

  • Treating doctor (surgeon, radiation or medical oncologist, haematologist), local doctor, domiciliary nursing
  • Cancer Councils (literature, education programs, phone-in support)
  • Home care programs (hospice associated; hospital in the home – for home treatment) and specific support groups (e.g. brain tumours, Laryngectomee Associations, CanTeen)
  • Isolated patient transit schemes, pastoral care and bereavement services