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New Video Series by ACS to Educate and Support Cancer Caregivers

The conrol T, health question asjed has released a Caregiver Support Video Series to help educate and support cancer caregivers.

This video series can answer the questions frequently-asked by the caregivers and can also address their biggest concerns. The series comprises of 16 short videos on the topics that range from helping cancer patients with symptoms and pain management to self-care for caregivers themselves.

Caregiver Support Video Series

Rachel Cannady is the strategic director of cancer caregiver support, ACS, and the creator of this Caregiver Support Video Series. She said that caregivers play a vital role in providing encouragement and support to cancer patients.

According to her, this video series is a significant resource to help educate cancer care-givers as they aid with the everyday requirements of cancer patients and guides to improve the quality of life.

NeNe Leakes is the star of Real Housewives of Atlanta and the Ambassador of the American Cancer Society. She has played a role in making this series by sharing her personal opinion about caring for her husband Gregg, who is fighting with cancer.

She said that when Gregg was diagnosed with cancer, her entire family had cancer. Leakes stated that being a caregiver is one of the toughest jobs. And her heart goes out to every caregiver who is supporting his/her family and is placing everything on hold to do so.

Additionally, she has also said that she doesn’t know if there’s a right or wrong way to provide care to the cancer patient. But she was stressed out at the time of Leake’s diagnosis and said there isn’t anything that can prepare a person for this.

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Help caregivers in supporting their loved-ones

The Caregiver Support Video Series is a partnership with ACS and EMD Serono through its Embracing Carers initiative. It will aid the caregivers in supporting their loved ones at all the stages, whether in the middle of the night, hours after a diagnosis, or months into treatment and recovery.

Through this educational technique, ACS hopes to enhance cancer survivorship and reduce caregiving-related health problems that caregivers often experience. Caregivers are an increasingly growing group with about 16.9 million cancer survivors currently in the US.

But, Embracing CarersTM has found that 31% of unpaid caregivers surveyed in the US have received no practical support or information in the past 12 months. This makes easy-to-follow training for caregivers, that is a top priority for ACS.

Doctors and nurses are receiving years of training related-to patient care. But the family caregivers may often thrust into this role overnight without any training on the critical processes as their loved ones are now dependent on them to properly do their everyday work.

This new video series gives caregivers access to how-to guidelines for common vital nursing tasks including:

  • Drain care
  • Identifying signs of infection
  • Safe lifting of another person
  • Medication management
  • Nutrition
  • Management of pain
  • Management of common side effects of cancer treatment such as nausea, constipation, diarrhea, mouth problems and fatigue

 

Michelle M

Conducting research in a laboratory can often feel isolated so Lisa prefers writing about scientific research in healthcare. She contributes stories about the latest research in all fields related to health. Email: lisa@askhealthnews.com

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