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Patient Empowerment involves active participation by the patient working in partnership with a healthcare team to receive the best care.

Patient empowerment begins with leaning about one’s own illness or condition, and participating in treatment decisions. It continues as a process, first by keeping a full and comprehensive record of one’s own medical history. Diagnosis, treatments, and medications are tracked by the patient, as well as symptoms and treatment side effects.

Through the process of patient empowerment, patients openly communicate with their healthcare team, contributing to the whole picture and individualizing care. In doing so, physicians are encouraged and enabled to provide optimal care in partnership with their patients.


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Hi, I'm Marcia H.
Is anyone having trouble with bones, arthritis, joint pain? I took this for 5 yrs for thrombocytopenia. I am now having problems with joints.
  • Sat Jul 14, 2018 ·
Hi, I'm Lorraine
Hi soybeans16. So sorry you are going through this. It wasn't easy for me either. I'm almost 2 yrs post diagnosis rectal cancer with a simliar loxation, etc. I learned in my experience it does seem...
  • about 5 hours ago ·
I'm Bn4gvn, and I'm a survivor of Breast Cancer
I actually have an appointment this morning to discuss meds. I went off Anastrozole for 30 days because it was making me have such bad anxiety and panic attacks. I REALLY don't want to take anythin...
  • Fri Jul 13, 2018 ·
Hi, I'm Roger O.
Anyone have good luck treating CIDP?
  • Sun Jul 1, 2018 ·
Hi, I'm Jacqueline M.
Was diagnosed in January of last year, had lumpectomy followed by 33 treatments of radiation. Was stage 2 with no lymph nodes affected. No chemo as it usually has no affect for this type of cancer.
  • Sun Jul 1, 2018 ·
Hi, I'm Melanie S.
The blue dye is injected in a procedure called a lymphocintigraphy. The dye shows which lymph node your tumor drains to first.
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