Monday, 6 April 2015

Who are fighters?

Cancer, a word that scares everyone and gets us to face the biggest fear of all - death. I was 22 years old when I was diagnosed with cancer. Reflecting back at what I have gone through, there are two things that helped me enhance the chance of living, and they are:

                                  Medication           &           Communication

Communication is something that medicine cannot provide and the best part is that any ordinary person can provide effective communication. Or is it? The need of communication for cancer patients is immense. There are quite a number of research done on health professional - patient communication.

Doctor - Patient, a very obvious dyad which can be considered as a formal relationship. Patient - Carer, the other dyad which can be considered as an informal relationship. My belief is that these relationships shouldn't be a two-way street but rather a be a three-way street (small team working together). When we consider the patient, the best outcome can be achieved if the triad of Doctor - Patient - Carer, work together.

There are many people that is affected by various types of cancer, diagnosed at various stages of it and what do you know, the fight to live begins. Who are the people involved in this fight?

                               The patient                The doctor                   The carer

This is the triad that I believe needs to work together as a team to get the best outcome for the cancer patient. Therefore, they are the fighters in this battle. Each of these individuals have their own needs, wants, desires and fears. Therefore, each of them need support in this vicious battle, they need to work as a team to gain the best outcome - another chance.

I'm currently in remission for the past 7 years and my experience with cancer has led me wanting to prove that this triads communication is important to a patient's life. I'm no expert in medicine but my expertise lies in communication and I plan to make the best use of it for something that I have experienced and for something that will help many around the world.

Therefore, my blog will be devoted to each of these individuals by writing about my experience and on-going findings of these relationships to establish the importance of the triads communication to enhance the quality of life for the cancer patient.