When it comes to breast cancer, Phoenix patients and their families have to endure a lot. The treatment path is a long one and can involve surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy.
Surgical recovery times and reactions to chemo and radiation treatments can mean extensive stays in the hospital, or at home in familiar surroundings with specialty home care. In-home care is a high-quality option over expensive hospital stays and can be safer for the patient with a suppressed immune system.
Hospital Acquired Infections
Surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation can all have impacts on a patient’s immune system. Chemotherapy has the biggest impact since it intentionally weakens the immune system to fight the cancer cells. During this period of treatment, patients are considered to be immunocompromised and are very vulnerable to infections.
Hospital-acquired infections can include surgical site infections, line-associated infections, and transmissible pathogens such as Clostridium difficile, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, and more mundane infections such as influenza or even athlete’s foot. With specialty home care, patients can be comfortable and, with extra measures of cleanliness, safe from acquiring infections from those around them.
In-home care can be very beneficial to the patient’s sense of well-being. They are in familiar surroundings, around their family, while at the same time receiving high-quality medical care from trained nurses, as well as assistance with bathing, dressing, and medication. Home care services can also do things like housecleaning, transportation, and even meal preparation to assist the patient and their family as seamlessly as possible with the tasks of daily life.
For a patient, a hand to hold during chemotherapy or a bedside companion after surgery can provide not only needed companionship, but an observational set of eyes to assess the patient’s condition.
Both Phoenix breast cancer patients and their families need to have confidence in the assistance that they receive. Specialty home care allows families to continue with their lives while feeling confident that their loved one is receiving the best of care from experienced providers.
If you or a loved one is facing a battle with breast cancer, get in touch today for an assessment in your home. A Cypress HomeCare Solutions employee is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide seamless continuity of care.