Examining caregiving issues from a multigenerational, family life cycle perspective, this volume deals with the broad spectrum of chronic illnesses that necessitate family caregiving throughout the lifespan and discusses responses to these challenges by both caregiving families and caregiving systems. Part One addresses the caregiving paradigm and the relationship of family caregiving research to family life studies. Part Two examines conceptual aspects of caregiving, ranging from the expansion of the caregiving paradigm, caregiving processes and tasks, to the positive aspects of caregiving. Part Three emphasizes how family caregivers are affected by the connection (or lack of it) to macro-level systems.
Chapter 9: The Home Care of a Patient with Cancer: The Midlife Crisis
The Home Care of a Patient with Cancer: The Midlife Crisis
Cancer, the Disease and Diagnosis
Each year there are 1.1 million new patients and families who must deal with the diagnosis of cancer, plus another 7 million who are living with cancer—3 million of these were diagnosed 5 or more years ago. As treatments have become more complex and have moved to outpatient and home settings, families have become more actively involved in cancer care. Together, these developments place family caregivers in critical decision-making roles for the continuing care of their family members with cancer. Families now assume major roles in ensuring medication compliance, scheduling and transporting for treatments, pain and symptom ...