When fighting brain cancer, your health care team will discuss details about home care with you and your family members.
Home care usually includes supportive measures, depending on your symptoms and individual needs.
- For example, if you have trouble walking, physical and occupational therapists can help you improve movement and use equipment to aid in daily activities.
- A speech therapist can help with problems related to speaking and swallowing. Home health aides are specially trained to help with personal care tasks such as bathing, dressing, and eating.
- Home care can also include nurses to give medicines, provide wound care, and monitor side effects.
- If the prognosis is poor, it is appropriate to discuss options that include hospice care, advance directives to doctors, and provisions for a living will.
- Home hospice care is a way of providing pain and symptom relief, as well as emotional and spiritual support for the patient and the family, at home rather than in the hospital. It involves a multidisciplinary approach that may include a doctor or other healthcare provider, nurses, a pharmacist, aides, a social worker, a spiritual caregiver, and counselors.
- Advance directives are legal documents that provide a means to express your wishes for treatment and your choice on the person you want to make decisions on your behalf if you are not able to do so. Types of advance directives include a living will and durable power of attorney for health care. For example, a person with advanced brain cancer may not want to be put on a ventilator (breathing machine) if he or she stops breathing. You have the right to make these decisions for yourself as long as you are mentally competent.