Cancer care at home


Cancer diagnosis can be a shock, even if you already suspected it.

It’s normal to be worried when someone you love gets diagnosed with cancer. The fear of the unknown can be unsettling. Despite this, it’s vital to remain positive. Thanks to ongoing research, live-in care techniques and assistive technology, it is possible to live well with cancer, and remain at home.

At Edyn we know first hand the power of having familiar surroundings. We hope, therefore, to lighten the burden and help you through the experience by sharing some useful information that will enable you to get a better picture of cancer care.

What is Cancer?

Cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in the body.

Cancer is not one disease, but a collection of related diseases that can occur almost anywhere in the body

At its most basic, cancer is a disease of the genes in the cells of our body. Genes control the way our cells work. But, changes to these genes can cause cells to malfunction, causing them to grow and divide when they should - or prevent them from dying when they should. Most cancers start due to changes that happen over a person’s lifetime. Sometimes chancers start due to inherited faulty genes passing down in families but this is rare.

When your loved one is diagnosed with cancer, the diagnosing clinician should be able to tell your loved one what type they have. This is useful to know since symptoms and patterns of progression vary from one to another, and it may help you and your loved one feel more prepared for what the future holds.

There are 5 main cancer groups


Symptoms


There are over 200 different types of cancer that can cause many different symptoms.

Sometimes symptoms are linked to certain cancer types. But signs can also be more general. Remember, anyone can develop cancer but it’s more common as we get older.


Weight loss:

Small weight changes over time are quite normal, but if you lose a noticeable amount of weight without trying to, tell your doctor.

Fatigue:

There are lots of reasons you may feel more tired than usual, particularly if you’re going through a stressful event, or having trouble sleeping. But if you’re tired for no clear reason, it could be a sign that something is wrong.

Unusual lump or swelling anywhere:

Persistent lumps of swelling in any part of your body should be taken seriously. That includes any lumps on the neck, armpit, stomach, groin, chest, breast or testicle.

Very heavy night sweats:

Sweating at night can be caused by infections or can be a side effect of certain medications. It is also often experienced by women around the time of the menopause. But very heavy, drenching night sweats can also be a sign of cancer.

Unexplained pain or ache:

Pain is one way our bodies tell us that something is wrong. As we get older, it’s more common to experience aches and pains. But unexplained pain could be a sign of something more serious.

Cancer facts and stats

2.5 million

people living with cancer in the UK

Cancer survival is improving and has 

doubled

in the last 40 years in the UK

The number of people living with cancer in the UK is increasing

3% every year

38%

of cancers are preventable

Every two minutes

someone in the UK is diagnosed with cancer

Breast, prostate, lung and bowel cancers together accounted for 

53% 

of all new cancer cases in the UK in 2017 

Cancer live-in care

We understand that with patience, trust and genuine care, we can help those diagnosed with cancer maintain a high quality of life and live comfortably in their own home.

Ensuring your home is cancer friendly

Ensuring your home is cancer friendly

When considering live-in care it’s important to ensure that the home of the care recipient is safe and secure. Does it compensate for any difficulties they are experiencing? Does it keep them safe? Does it support their mobility?

At Edyn as part of our approach we complete a home risk assessment for all of our clients. Our care managers ensure that your home is the best possible setting for care. Small changes can make big differences.

Top cancer care tip:


Ensuring mobility areas are safe with adequate space and having a dedicated area for medication with a well defined medication schedule are both crucial.

Professional carers trained specifically for cancer:

Professional carers trained specifically for cancer:

Our professional care teams receive on-going training, mentoring and support based on the latest thinking and research that ensure they have the skills to deliver positive cancer care. This includes:

  • Managing and administering medications
  • Providing emotional support
  • Support post chemotherapy, radiotherapy or hormonal therapy
  • Expert palliative care
  • Support with bowel, stoma and catheter care
  • Nutrition and relaxation
  • Running errands, such as collecting prescriptions and shopping for food
  • Managing your hospital visits
  • What our customers say:

    What makes Edyn stand out from other agencies we have used for live-in care is the fact that they care - the human touch is there.”

    Sarah Maya
    Mum

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    Why choose live-in care with Edyn

    proffesional carers

    First class professional carers

    Each one of our carers is trained in house by our care support team.

    Support Teams

    Support teams to manage your care.

    Our dedicated care specialists will handle the progression of your care.

    Technology

    Technology to keep everyone updated

    Each one of our carers is trained in house by our care support team.

    Amazing care & support for all the family
    We just wanted to say a huge 'Thank you' to everyone at Edyn Care for the level of care that you provided for Mum, which enabled her to stay in her own home for much longer than we ever thought possible.
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    A big thank you to all the staff at edyncare who were able to arrange a suitable carer in a short period of time as required.

    Tamas was ultimately professional, calm, well organised ...... and an excellent chef !

    We were very impressed with the way he was able to support not only our Mother but also my sister and myself in an understanding and supportive manner.
    Karen
    Edyn stands out from other agencies
    What makes Edyn stand out from other agencies we have used for live-in care is the fact that they care - the human touch is there.

    Our communications with them have always centred around a basic desire to do the best for my husband as an individual, not as a number.
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