Prostate cancer home care in Singapore
Prostate cancer is the third-most common cancer among Singaporean men, with the risk of getting it increasing beyond the age of 50 and with individuals with a family history of prostate cancer at a higher risk than others. Prostate cancer can be a silent killer, progressing slowly with no symptoms during early stages and developing to later stages over months or years.
During late stage or end stage prostate cancer, patients will require a lot of support from family members and loved ones at home and perhaps professional home care for their medical needs when they are too weak to travel for frequent hospital visits.
If prostate cancer is detected early, chemotherapy can help to reduce symptoms or eradicate cancer cells. Chemotherapy involves the use of potent drugs to destroy cancer cells and is usually injected into a vein or muscle. There are also some chemotherapy drugs that are taken several times a day orally in a tablet or liquid form.
Complete remission of some cancers is possible with chemotherapy alone and such cases are common in Singapore. In other cases, chemotherapy is combined with surgery and/or radiotherapy to remove remaining cancer cells.
Chemotherapy treatment is typically carried out in repeating cycles. A cycle of treatment can be between 2-6 weeks, and repeated again depending on the progression and whether the doctor recommends a different dose or type of drugs. Thus, keeping up with the treatment visits, going for follow-up tests and adequate home care are important to help your loved one during the process.
Some individuals may be able to continue working with some adjustments with their employers, such as working from home. However, most patients undergoing chemotherapy usually feel weaker and find themselves unable to continue working long hours.
The process of chemotherapy treatment can be summarized as follows:
- Preparation for chemotherapy
- Administration of chemotherapy drugs
- Assessment of treatment
How can Jaga-Me help?
Chemotherapy tends to weaken the patient’s immune system, thus some adjustments may be required at home and in daily activities. For example, bacteria is often present in uncooked food, thus avoiding foods such as sushi and runny eggs is recommended. When leaving the house, your loved one may have to put on a mask to minimize exposure to harmful bacteria and viruses in the environment.
If you are unable to commit to full-time caregiving, you might want to consider engaging Jaga-Me’s home care services for prostate cancer patients to relieve you of some of your duties. Our Singapore-certified nurses are able to care for your loved ones and carry out any medical procedure that they require on a day-to-day basis.
Get in touch with us to find out more about our at-home care-giving services today.