Each year throughout the United States more than 220,000 people are diagnosed with lung cancer and just under 156,000 people die. More people die of lung cancer than prostate and breast cancer combined. By recognizing the symptoms of lung cancer you may be able to detect when you parent might be facing this type of cancer so that you can get them into the doctor as soon as possible. As with other types of cancer, early detection is key to getting your parent on the course of care and treatment that is right for them and that has the best chances of success.
Some of the symptoms of lung cancer include:
• Coughing that worsens or that doesn’t dissipate
• Coughing up blood
• Chest pain that is not related to other conditions
• Fatigue or feeling very tired without reason
• Unintended weight loss
It is important to note that lung cancer can manifest in many different ways and not everyone will experience symptoms. Those who do experience symptoms might experience those related to their lungs, but may also experience other symptoms if their cancer has moved to other parts of the body, or metastasized. Some may not experience symptoms until their cancer has gotten to an advanced stage. It is also important to realize that even if your parent experiences all of these symptoms, it does not necessarily mean that they are suffering from lung cancer. These can indicate a variety of other illnesses. This is why it is important if you notice any symptoms that concern you, you get them into the doctor as soon as possible.
How can a caregiver help?
Starting senior care for your aging parent can be one of the most meaningful and valuable decisions that you can make for them in the course of your caregiver journey with them. A senior home care services provider can be there with your aging parent on a customized schedule that is specifically designed to ensure that they get the care that they need, while also supporting as much independence and autonomy as possible. This can be particularly beneficial if you live at a distance from your parent or have a busy schedule and are not able to be with them as frequently as you would like to be. This care provider can fill care gaps, handle potentially sensitive tasks that your aging parent or you are not comfortable with you handling, and offer companionship and support that encourages a higher quality of life throughout their later years.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering hiring a caregiver in Mountain Brook, AL, please contact the caring staff at Senior Legacy Care today. Call us at (205) 380-7418.
Susan Smith, Owner
Susan Smith is the owner of Senior Legacy, an independent non-medical senior in home care business.... Read More...