November has a lot of awareness events taking place. When it comes to cancer, November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month, National Stomach Cancer Awareness Month, and Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. Learn more about these cancers and what a diagnosis means for your mom or dad and how you and their home health care providers can best support them.
Approximately 235,700 new cases of lung cancer will be diagnosed in 2021. Men and women seem to be about equal when it comes to occurrence rates. The average age at the time of diagnosis is 70.
Catching lung cancer early is important, but it’s often hard as the symptoms include a nagging cough. Most people realize something’s off when that coughing results in bloody mucus or saliva. Chest pain is another sign.
Treatment options include medications, chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery. If your mom or dad are or were chronic smokers, it’s worth asking their doctor about lung x-rays to look for tumors in the early stages.
The American Cancer Society reports that approximately 60,400 new cases of pancreatic cancer will be diagnosed in 2021. Men have a slightly higher risk. Obesity, smoking, diabetes, and chronic pancreatitis also increase the risk.
Around 66% of new pancreatic cancer cases are in adults over the age of 65. Treatments include surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, immunotherapy, ablation/embolization, and targeted drugs.
Stomach (Gastric) Cancer
Per the American Cancer Society, around 26,500 new cases of stomach cancer are diagnosed each year. Many of those cases occur in men. The average at the time of diagnosis is 68. The good news is that this cancer is seeing a decline.
Symptoms of stomach cancer vary depending on the location of the tumor and type of tumor. Common symptoms include loss of appetite, abdominal pain, and weight loss. Treatment options include surgery, chemotherapy, immunotherapy, and targeted drugs that block specific proteins in cells.
Supportive Care at Home with Home Health Care Services is Essential
With any of these cancers, your parents may not have a lot of energy. They’ll have many medical appointments to arrange and keep. Supportive care is an essential part of recovery.
As your mom or dad goes through cancer treatments, support them by arranging to have home health care aides take over some of the daily chores. Your parent can focus on appointments and treatments while a home health care aide cooks meals, cleans the home, does the laundry, and drives your parent to and from medical offices. Call our home health care agency to make arrangements.
If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring Home Health Care Services in Healdsburg CA, call At Your Service Home Care. Call today! (707) 573-1003
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