Surgical oncology and general surgery aren’t just simple treatments in the field of precision medicine. These treatments often lead to massive lifestyle changes and a long recovery process and might also require ongoing management. Because of this, patients need compassionate care and require surgical oncologists to go that extra mile to make the treatment complication free and seamless.
Helping the patient understand their disease, every step of the surgery, and the recovery process are all essential in setting up the stage for the best possible outcomes and quick recoveries. Education plays a pivotal role in patient care, especially in areas such as oncology. Educating patients is a number one priority. They should know more about their diseases, the available treatments, producers, and follow-ups to receive the best outcomes.
Proper education doesn’t only make care more personalized and better overall; it also helps foster compliance and decrease stress and anxiety, but it also helps to build trust. We take that extra step to educate our patients about the physical expectations while also addressing the emotional, spiritual, and psychosocial elements of our collaboration.
Following surgical oncology treatments, cancer patients will often undergo immunotherapy, chemo, or radiation therapy. The last two are known to cause concerning side effects which can cause major discomfort and make the struggle even more difficult. We aim to give our patients guidance in these demanding times by explaining to them the nature of every possible side effect, helping them prepare for the road to recovery that’s often challenging. Still, with compassionate care and understanding, we can make this path more walkable and easier to manage.