Wellbeing, rehabilitation and support for cancer patients
A diagnosis of cancer is always upsetting and confuses the everyday life of the patient and the patient's family. These web pages provide you with reliable information on how you as a cancer patient can support your own wellbeing and rehabilitation.
These web pages inform about the sources that are available for you when looking for support during the times of cancer suspicion, treatment, rehabilitation and adaptation to the new, normal life ahead. Regardless of the illness, the goal is to recover, to maintain a normal everyday life and to attain an optimal quality of life.
There is descriptions of treatment paths (in Finnish) for cancer that describe how treatment in the hospital progresses.
Throughout the treatment path, for you and your family there is available
You are free to contact them directly or through the nursing personnel.
Some of the support services are accessible only by referral from a physician. Talk with the nursing personnel of your needs. They will direct your to
- A physiotherapist (in Finnish) if you need support to promote everyday mobility, exercises or working out
- Nutritionist if you need nutritional advice
- Speech therapist if you need help with understanding or producing speech.
- You may also see specialists in psychiatry and personal crises by referral.
Peer support has been found to be very important for people who fall ill with a serious disease. Personal peer support is available by consulting cancer and patient organizations, the Cancer Society of Finland and your local cancer society.
The cancer nurse at the cancer Society of South-West Finland and patient peers are available for discussions every Wednesday at 9–14 hours (9 am to 2 pm) in the Tyks T-hospital, 1st floor, B-wing.
The hospital and cancer organizations arrange also
These events are free of charge and you will be able to discuss these important topics with professional experts.
You may apply for rehabilitation courses 1-2 years after your cancer diagnosis. These courses aim at helping you to adjust and cope with life so that you can live as fully as possible regardless of your illness or any deficits. The cancer society or a rehabilitation counsellor in Tyks can help you. These courses are financed by Kela and STEA (Funding Centre for Social Welfare and Health Organisations).
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