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Post-treatment Tips/Follow-up Care for Oral Cancer Patients

After the treatment of Oral Cancer, the Follow-up Care Plan is made with the help of a healthcare provider. This plan is essential because it lets the patient recover from the trauma of Oral Cancer. The following are considered essentials of a Follow-up Care Plan

Cancer Rehabilitation

Rehabilitation after cancer treatment is the major requirement of an oral cancer patient. Therapies such as speech therapy, and swallowing therapy are physical therapy initiated to help the patient in developing the basic skills of living. Some of the basic goals of cancer rehabilitation are listed below. 

  • It makes an individual live an independent life after taking cancer treatment.
  • It tends to reduce the side effects after the treatment.
  • It improves the quality of life by re-teaching the basics.
  • It helps an individual to get back to the routine of work or life and enjoy other roles.

Managing Side Effects

Usually, side effects occur during cancer treatment. But in most cases, side effects occur and last long after the treatment too. To manage such a problem, it is advisable to consult your oncologist and plan regular tests like:

  • Thyroid examinations
  • Periodic CT Scans
  • Regular electrocardiograms (EKGs)

Palliative Care

Palliative Care is derived from the word “palliate” which means “to make it less severe without removing the cause”. Therefore, Palliative Care is necessary to relieve the cancer patient. A cancer patient may experience ‘n’ a number of side effects after treatment. Some of them are fatigue, diarrhea, nausea, loss of appetite, and shortness of breath. With the help of Palliative Care, the cancer patient can start his/her normal activities and can live a relieved life, once again.

Before initiating Palliative Care, the patient is required to walk through the following stairs.

  • Make your doctor aware of your perspectives of quality life.
  • Disclose your personal, religious, cultural ideas, values, or beliefs (that are relevant and vital to be considered during your treatment) to the healthcare provider.
  • Also, tell your doctor about any other disease(s) you may have and the medicines you already take.

Keeping Personal Health Records

After the treatment of Oral Cancer, a health record should be maintained including the details of the side effects that occur often and last longer, mood changes, pain (in any body part), medicines you take, changes you observe (if any), any difficulty you face, etc. With this record, make sure to consult your healthcare provider regularly for routine checkups.

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