PATIENTS AS EXPERTS

I was at the Macmillan Primary Care Conference 2011 in London today, to facilitate a workshop on Cancer Anorexia Cachexia Syndrome.

One of the big themes that came out of this meeting was the importance of listening to our patients.

Patients are experts in their illness and doctors can learn a lot from them.

A video interview of a patient/doctor who talks candidly about his experience of food after being diagnosed with metastatic lung cancer is available online on the Food and Nutrition Group’s (FNG) at Help the Hospices webpage. 

Many of the problems that patients face when they have a diagnosis of cancer come up during this interview, as well as some suggestions to solve them. 

Going back to basics, eating a well-cooked nutritious food, appropriate for each person’s individual needs and circumstances, can make a difference.

Eating it together with a loved one, in a normal, pleasant environment is even better.

Not much more is needed sometimes!

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