A Model For Patient-Centric Cancer Care


Patient-centric care is an important aspect when treating and educating cancer patients.  The elements to consider should not be looked at as a single entity but as a combination of treatment modalities that need to be effectively managed to provide a full scope of care.

 

Elements of Patient Centric Cancer Care:

  • Healthy Balanced Diet
  • Water / Hydration
  • Sound Cellular Oxygenation
  • Healthy Intestinal Flora ( A Healthy Microbiome) 
  • Stress & Relaxation in Balance
  • Blood sugar and Insulin Balanced
  • Strong Immune System
  • Harmonious Acid/Base Balance
  • Strong mitochondria function
  • Strong defense against infection 
  • Mobility / Exercise
  • Effective Inflammatory Control
  • Effective Detoxification
  • The presence / absence of pain (including neuropathy). 
  • Positive Mental Attitude (PMA), with a desire to live and thrive (willingness and readiness to change and make adaptive healthy lifestyle changes) 
  • Sleep (circadian rhythms) & (drug modulation?)
  • A strong psychosocial network (support friends/family and also emotion intelligence).  
  • Resistance to treatment (how compromised is this patient)?
  • Treatment modalities in place and being considered?

    Treatment modalities whether medical, complementary, alternative methods, or a combination of modalities all help to support client care when we incorporate client-centric aspects that are individualized.  Holistic aspects augment treatment modalities and can not be looked at as elements in isolation they have to be considered to encompass the "Totality of Care”.

     The Continuum of Care

     It is time to change and this Paradigm shift needs to swing from not a patient but a client. Our clients need to be taken out of the “sick” role and placed where they visualize and adopt a health and wellness framework and a positive mental attitude.  

     Clients come seeking interdisciplinary support which is all encompassing in holistic, complementary and alternative modalities that support integrative medicine with conventional modalities. 

     Across the continuum of care whether cancer is stage 1 or stage 4, the integration and adoption of healthy lifestyle habits and life-sustaining changes are critical when adopting alternative care modalities or adjusting modulation in their medical regime. 

     The medical community needs to broadly consider the integration of alternative practices and the adoption of lifestyle habits in conjunction with patients receiving conventional modalities, so that we can target and prove how these modalities can modulate and provide supportive and favourable patient outcomes.  When patients sign for surgery, “informed consent” needs to include education of CAM alternatives and how they can support the patient and provide improved experiences and better post-operative and post-care outcomes. They need to be informed that total CAM options are available (particularly for stage one and two).  

     I truly believe that a three point terrain (triad) of biomechanical, biophysical and psychosocial platform needs to be examined in relation the key elements. The client needs to adopt a healthy and healing plan augmenting their choices in CAM, also incorporating current, past and future care modalities, and the clients readiness to make required changes.   All modalities needs to be considered, properly set up and implemented, studied, and  measured in relation to each other in order to prove or disprove how combined therapy can support better outcomes across the continuum of care.

    A client should make decisions based on knowledge, and choose what is right for them in regarding their care options, which should align with their thinking and conceptualized sense of self, well being and with a growing concept of their healing journey.  Empowering clients to make healthy choices should engage their willingness to incorporate adaptive change help to prevent cancer recurrence.