Cancer care

Compassionate cancer care at home

Hearing the words “you have cancer” can be overwhelming. Know that you are never alone. We’re committed to provide cutting edge care to fight against cancer.

Cancer is a disease that occurs in our cells. It is a condition that’s  caused by the uncontrollable division of cells that lead to the formation of malignant masses known as tumours. These cancer cells keep dividing to make more and more abnormal cells. The condition can be brought about by genetic disorders which develop through various factors in the external environment –mainly exposure to carcinogens such as cigarettes. Other factors in your body such as genetic makeup for example, some genes such as BRCA 1 and BRCA 2 makes one more prone to breast cancer.

Whether you have been diagnosed with cancer or not, it’s still important to know your body and to tell your doctor if you notice a change which isn’t normal for you. That’s why our specialist team of oncology or cancer care assistants and nursing staff are specially trained not only to support you or your loved one to manage cancer but also to manage any other symptoms that could mean an escalation of your condition. Spotting cancer early means treatment is more likely to be successful.

We’re here to help you to manage cancer if you have been diagnosed or manage any symptoms that could underline cancer disease. Get in touch today to discuss your options

Cancer Information and Resources

There are more than 200 types of cancer, each with different causes, symptoms and treatments.

  • Cancer can develop at any age, but is most common in older people. More than three out of five cancers are diagnosed in people aged 65 and over.
  • More than 1 in 3 people in the UK will develop some form of cancer during their lifetime.
  • Every two minutes someone in the UK is diagnosed with cancer.
  • Breast, lung, bowel and prostate cancers together account for over half of all new cancers each year.

For information and support on living with cancer, visit the websites of Macmillan Cancer SupportMarie Curie Cancer Care and Cancer Research UK.

Types of Cancers

Although there are many different types of cancer, over 200 types, the most commonly reported cancers include.
  • Bladder cancer
  • Brest cancer
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Kidney cancer
  • Leukaemia
  • Lung cancer
  • Non-Hodgkin lymphoma
  • Prostate cancer
  • Skin cancer
  • Uterine cancer

Symptoms of Cancers

Anyone, young or old can develop cancer, but it’s more common as you get older – most cases are in people aged 50 or over. However you don’t have to put something new or different about your body down to getting older or another health condition you might have. If you notice any unusual changes or anything that doesn’t go away, see your doctor

The symptoms below are more often caused by something far less serious than cancer, but they could be equally a sign of the cancer disease:

  • Breathlessness
  • Unexplained vaginal bleeding
  • Very heavy night sweats
  • Croaky voice or hoarseness
  • Persistent heartburn or indigestion
  • Mouth or tongue ulcer that won’t heal
  • Appetite loss
  • Unusual breast changes
  • Blood in your poo
  • Blood in your pee
  • Problems peeing
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Persistent bloating
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • A change in bowel habit, such as constipation, looser poo or pooing more often
  • Sore that won’t heal
  • New mole or changes to a mole
  • Coughing up blood
  • Persistent cough
  • Unexplained pain or ache
  • Unusual lump or swelling anywhere

Holistic cancer care at home

At Verity Healthcare, we are committed to treating the whole person, not just the cancer. Our care emphasizes family involvement and developing a strong support  from network  of health professionals for those undergoing treatment.  Our oncology nurses and team of care assistant who have been highly trained in cancer care offer advanced support and care so that the treatment from doctors such as radiotherapy and chemotherapy are well manged to help with the fight against cancer in the tranquillity of your home.

People close to you will want to try to support you and respect your wishes. But your family,  relatives and loved ones may find things might very hard to cope with. That’s why our nurses and care assistants are at hand not only to support you but your family as well.  Our care  and nursing team can reassure you and your family so they won’t be alone in caring for you.

Many relatives who chose our services to look after their loved one with cancer at home say that it was a very peaceful and loving atmosphere. They felt glad that our care and nursing team supported them to care for their relative and wouldn’t have had it any other way.

Specialist cancer care at home

Experiencing such a severe  health condition can be challenging for everyone. That’s  is why our care and nursing team are willing to make day-to-day living easier for the patient and their loved.

Before providing oncology (cancer) care, our care senior managers and oncology nurse will carry out a risk assessment and create a cancer management plan. This plan sets out the tasks that the assigned care and/or nursing staff will carry out and determines how services can be provided to manage pain and provide emotional and psychological support and reassurance.

We follow well-defined policies and best practice methods to make sure we always provide cancer care and support to that provides reassurance and nutritional regime to boost the person’s immune system. We’ll work with you and also in partnership with oncology doctors and nurses to obtain specialist advice to ensure that you or your loved one is looked after well.

Our specialist oncology nurses and highly trained care assistants will support you with  essential day-to-day care that  will help you or your loved to fight the fight against cancer very well.  We can support you with short-term care where our care staff will visit you for period of 30mins or more or as live-in carers where they will provide round-the-clock services. Our cancer care team will support you with:

  • Personal care including skin care, washing, dressing and toileting to keep high levels of hygiene to prevent infection
  • Diet management such as food preparation, access to appropriate drinks to keep you healthy and avoid relapse which could result in weight gain instead of weight loss
  • Companionship which will include chatting through photo albums, engage in social activities, keeping up hobbies to keep you motivated and keep up with events and routines
  • Housekeeping including household chores such as cooking, cleaning, shopping and laundry to keep home environment clean and prevent infection
  • Medicine management – assistance with taking the right medicines as prescribed to improve health and wellbeing
  • Encouragement to relearn skills and do things for yourself to maintain your independence
  • Post chemotherapy, radio or hormonal therapy to manage the side-effects of these therapies as prescribed by the doctor
  • Low-grade medical support, such as dressing wounds and supporting with bowel, stoma and catheter care
  • Running errands such as collecting prescriptions or helping with the food shopping

Recommendation

The carers and the nurses provided immense support for my recovery. My wife could not have done it all. I was looked after as I were the father or family member. The reassurance alone was enough for me to fight for survival.  My heart goes out to you – beautiful people. I’ll forever be grateful. – Angela, East London

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