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Cancer Support

Posted by Debby Franklin on Sep 10, 2019 12:11:43 PM

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According to the American Cancer society, more than one million Americans are diagnosed with cancer each year.  With those numbers, many of us will experience the disease first hand or will be close to someone affected.  Cancer patients often must simultaneously fight serious illness and manage every day demands.  Family caregivers can become overwhelmed with the emotional, physical and financial challenges posed by caring for a seriously ill loved one.

Easing the burden of routine tasks can bring enormous comfort to patient and family members.  Consider adding the services of a highly trained, professional caregiver to your family care team.

Professional caregivers can provide invaluable assistance such as:

  • Run errands including prescription pick-up and grocery shopping.
  • Light housekeeping and laundry service.
  • Transportation to physician and treatment appointments.
  • Monitoring of key vital signs and changes in condition.
  • Preparation of healthy and nutritionally balanced meals & snacks.
  • Assistance with personal care and hygiene tasks.
  • Companionship and encouragement.
  • Respite for family caregivers.

Cancer treatment and recovery can be a little easier with supportive care from the team at Easy Living Services.  We'll match your loved one with a compassionate caregiver dedicated to keeping them safe and comfortable at home.

                              Allow our team to help.  Call Easy Living today, 770-442-8664.

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Topics: caregiver, cancer, cancer support, caring for a loved one, cancer care

Cancer Fighting Foods

Posted by Debby Franklin on Oct 20, 2016 1:25:04 PM

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Many studies have proven that there are superfoods that can help prevent cancer tumors and halt their growth.  Here are some top cancer fighting foods to work into the family diet if you would like to reduce the risk or help someone who is going through cancer recovery.

Begin Here:

  • As often as possible, buy organic.  Pesticides are linked to many cancers.
  • Add green tea to your diet.  Green tea protects cells from damage and strengthens the immune system.
  • Avoid trans fats.  Baked goods, deep fried foods, and those containing partially hydrogenated oil raise the risk of cancer.
  • Consume more fish.  Fish that is high in omega-3 such as mackerel, sardines and salmon reduce inflammation.
  • Eat dark, leafy greens.  Dark leafy greens are high in nutritional content and studies have shown they can prevent the DNA damage that leads to cancer.  Greens to consider are:  spinach, watercress, arugula, broccoli, and kale.  
  • Toss in the berries.   Berries contain phytochemicals that protect against numerous types of cancer.  Blueberries, cranberries, and raspberries are all great choices.
  • Add onions and garlic.  The National Institute of Health have conducted studies that show people with a high consumption of onions and garlic have a reduced risk of many common cancers.
  • Include tomatoes.  Lycopene is the active chemical in tomatoes and has shown to lower the risk of many cancers.  Cooking tomatoes enhances the effects of lycopene.  
  • Take a resveratrol supplement.  Resveratrol is an antioxidant found in red wine and grapes but is most concentrated in red wine.  However the higher the alcohol consumption the greater the risk is for cancer.  Taking a supplement is the best idea to obtain the powerful antioxidant.
  • Turmeric has many benefits.  Turmeric fights cancer because of curcumin a powerful antioxidant.  You can add the spice to a multitude of foods or take in a supplement.  Cancer patients should consult with their doctor before taking the supplement because it can make the cancer drugs less effective.

Other foods that have important health benefits are:

  • Greek Yogurt - this has good bacteria that can improve your health.
  • Chickpeas - a great source of protein.
  • Avocados - Avocados contain vitamins C, K and B6 and are a great source of good fat for heart health.

If you know someone fighting the cancer battle, treatment and recovery can be a little easier with supportive care.  The team at Easy Living Services will match your loved one with a compassionate caregiver dedicated to keeping them safe and comfortable at home.  Easy Living has supported Atlanta families in their efforts to keep loved ones cared for and fulfilled at home since 1994.  

Let us help, call today at 770-442-8664

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Topics: cancer

Chemotherapy Exposure Safety Tips

Posted by Debby Franklin on Apr 11, 2016 4:03:20 PM

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After chemotherapy the drug remains present in body fluids for 48 to 72 hours after the treatment ends. The drug can be released in saliva, sweat, semen, vaginal secretion, breast milk, as well as urine, stool and vomit.  The drug can be spilled with home infusion and if spilled, it can be absorbed through the skin or the vapors can be inhaled. Exposure to body fluids or the chemo drug itself can cause dizziness, pain, rash, headaches, vomiting and other allergic reactions.

 

Let's face it chemotherapy is a strong medicine that can be harmful to healthy people which is why it is so important to take safety precautions.

Chemotherapy Safety Tips In The Home

  • Have the person receiving chemo use one toilet leaving the other toilets for guest and family.
  • Have a supply of disposable rubber gloves for all clean up and contact with body fluid.  Seal used gloves and cleaning cloths in a plastic bag before placing in the trash bin.
  • After toilet use close the lid and flush twice.  Be sure to wash hands thoroughly with soap and water.
  • When using a bedside commode or bedpan, gloves should be worn for emptying and cleaning and disaffecting.
  • Wear gloves for vomit clean up and when handling clothing, linens, or any items soiled with body fluids.
  • Wash items soiled with body fluids in a separate load.
  • Wash eating and drinking utensils solely used by the person receiving chemotherapy in the dishwasher or use disposable items.
  • Avoid open mouth kissing due to the drug being passed through saliva.
  • If medication is spilled on the skin, wash the area immediately with soap and running water.  Contact the hospital if there are any signs of redness or irritation within the hour.  
  • Do not chew or crush chemotherapy tablets.  If you are unable to swallow the tablet whole, talk to your doctor about other options.

Keep in mind that chemotherapy is the delivery of toxic drugs into the body with the sole purpose of killing rapidly developing cancer cells.  This is why the oncology staff wear gloves, goggles, gowns, and sometimes masks.  These all help to reduce the risk of exposure.  Receiving chemo as an outpatient is much more common than in the past however simple precautions need to be taken to ensure that everyone in the home is safe.

 

 

Consult Atlanta's most trusted source for quality Home Care assistance, Easy Living Services.  We have supported Atlanta families in their efforts to keep loved ones fulfilled and safe at home since 1994.  At Easy Living, we offer flexible care plans designed to assure, comfort, and provided personal attention to your loved one.

Call us at 770-442-8664.

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Topics: cancer

How To Support A Loved One With Cancer

Posted by Debby Franklin on Feb 25, 2015 2:35:40 PM

dreamstime_woman_on_sofaA loved one has recently been diagnosed with cancer or they are living with cancer.  It can be hard to know what to do or say during these difficult times. How can you best support and lend a hand?  Helping someone with cancer means caring for them physically as well as emotionally.  The best show of support is to be there to listen and care.

Educate Yourself

Many times a person who is ill may not want to talk about the details of the illness. They may not want to think about it or they may not want to repeat the diagnosis over and over to different people who ask about their condition. Educate yourself by reading and learning more about their specific type of cancer.  Be prepared for changes that may occur such as hair and weight loss, fatigue and nausea.

Helpful tips to show support 

Medical care and assistance - Offer to research treatment options and recommend that your loved one seek a second opinion. Volunteer to provide transportation and companionship during treatment and on medical appointments. 

Be flexible - With cancer there are good days as well bad and it is not always predictable as to when they will occur.  You may have established a day to assist your loved one and on that day they are feeling pretty good.  It might be best to check with them to see if it would be best to help on another day when they are not as up to parr.

Deliver meals - Dropping off food that is prepared and picking up grocery items is a great way to be supportive.  Good nutrition is critical during treatment and keep in mind many foods that they use to eat may now bring on nausea.  Find out what food preferences and restrictions apply now.

Talk about the future - Don't be afraid to make plans for future dates.  Keeping positive and having hope is essential to recovery.  Laugh and have fun when its needed.

Do something to bring laughter - As the saying goes...Laughter really is the best medicine.  One cancer survivor said " It was the laughter, the stillness, the keeping things light and normal, that allowed me the freedom to let loose and experience the joy I thought I might never see again.  

Organize a support team - Coordinate task among friends, caregivers and family. Check online communities that offer tools to make the activities sharable.

Help with chores

  • Pick up the Mail
  • Take care of pets
  • Provide assistance with laundry
  • Water the plants or garden
  • Run the vacuum
  • Shop for Groceries
  • Pick up prescriptions
  • Drop off food
  • Watch the children
  • Keep in touch - let your friend know that you care
  • Take a walk together

Gift Ideas

  • Magazines, books
  • CDs
  • DVDs
  • Puzzles
  • Journal
  • Gift certificates for spa treatment
  • Grocery store gift cards
  • A housekeeping service
  • Pajamas
  • Plant or flower
  • Something that involves there interest or hobby

Cancer makes people feel isolated from the rest of the world.  It removes someone from their regular way of life.  They may have to face their mortality and have sleepless nights worried about their fears.  Letting someone know you are with them through every step of their journey is the best comfort you can provide.

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If you are finding it difficult to juggle it all - work, family, errands and other demands that often leave you over taxed.  Where do you turn when a loved ones needs are more than you can manage on your own? Consult Atlanta's most trusted source for quality Home Care, Easy Living Services.  Offering flexible care plans designed to guarantee safety, comfort, companionship and personal care.

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Topics: cancer, cancer support

How You Can Help A Loved One With Leukemia?

Posted by Debby Franklin on Sep 10, 2014 12:41:00 PM

Leukemia, cancer, Leukemia can easily be overlooked because early symptoms may resemble symptoms of the flu or other common illnesses.  Leukemia symptoms can vary depending on the type of leukemia.  People often first go to the doctor because they think they have a cold, the flu or some other respiratory infection that persist and doesn’t go away. 

Leukemia is a cancer of the white blood cells.  Abnormal white blood cells form in the bone marrow then quickly travel through the bloodstream and crowd out healthy cells.  This increases the body’s chances of infection and other problems.

The goal of treatment for leukemia is to destroy the leukemia cells and allow normal cells to form in the bone marrow.  Treatment decisions are based on the kind of leukemia, its stage, as well as age and general health. 

Chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or a combination of the two is typically used to treat Hodgkin lymphoma.  Bone marrow or stem cell transplantation may also be done under special circumstances. 

Common Signs and Symptoms Include:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Fatigue, weakness
  • Frequent Infections
  • Loss of appetite or weight loss
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Easy bleeding or bruising
  • Bone or joint pain
  • Rashes or tiny red spots in the skin
  • Sweating (often at night)
  • Headaches, balance problems

Make an appointment with your doctor if you have any persistent signs or symptoms that worry you.

What can you do when a loved one is diagnosed with Leukemia?

Be A Support    A Leukemia diagnosis can be very scary making it easy to focus on the negatives.  Your loved one is going to need to remain positive and exert a great deal of effort and energy in order to beat the cancer.  Your loved one will need your help to remain calm, focused, and to have faith and hope that a cancer free outcome is in their future. 

Be Prepared for Schedule Changes    You should be prepared for changes in your daily routine if you are going to assist your loved one throughout the treatment.  If you are working you will need to discuss with your boss about the possibility of having a flexible schedule or about taking time off.  If you have small children you will need to line up temporary back up care assistance.  It will be important to go on medical appointments with your loved one, especially at the beginning.  It may be difficult for them to process all of the information and having someone to take notes and ask questions is important.  Once treatment starts there may be side effects with nausea and diarrhea and you loved one will be weak and need a variety of assistance to remain stable. 

Try to make the main focus of your energy and attention be on the needs of your loved one.  A cancer diagnosis is not the end, it is just the beginning of a fight for which your love, support and hope will be very much needed. 

For more helpful information on cancer treatment and how to navigate through the journey, click on the link below for access to our resource center: 

 

http://easylivingservices.com/atlanta-at-home-cancer-care-resources/

Topics: cancer, cancer support, cancer care, Leukemia