Chemotherapy at Home
While cancer still remains an extremely deadly disease, much progress has been made over the last few years. According to the National Cancer Institute, the death rate from cancer in the U.S. has dropped 25% over the last two decades. The even better news is that the decline rate is accelerating, with the annual drop in cancer deaths rising to around 2% per year.
As more Americans are living with cancer, there’s a growing need for resources that allow patients to fight and beat the disease. In today’s world where patient-centered treatment is more prevalent than ever before, there’s a growing push for at-home treatments for cancer.
If you’re interested in undergoing chemo at home, you’ll be happy to know that there’s increasing support for treatment options that allow you to fight the fight from the comforts of your own home. Here’s what you need to know.
Can You Do Chemo at Home?
It’s an understatement to say that cancer treatment is expensive. Studies have found that Medicare spends around $30 billion on beneficiaries who have been diagnosed with cancer, with a majority of the costs coming from hospitalization, ranging from 25% to 50%.
What if there was a better, more affordable place to treat cancer? Chemotherapy at home is a safe, effective, and less expensive way for patients to undergo cancer treatment. In fact, treating cancer at home could yield the same, if not higher, cancer-care quality, as well as increased patient satisfaction and comfort.
Studies on chemo treatments at home date back to the late 1980s. Researchers in 1989 discovered the potential benefits of providing cancer treatments at home, including infused medications. One study found that at-home treatment with home nursing care relieved stress and allowed patients to maintain their independence for longer.
Wondering if you can do chemo at home without any increased risk? The answer is yes. One study found that there is no increased risk of complications in patients who are treated at home, and treatment outcomes were extremely similar.
Preparing Your Home for a Chemotherapy Patient
There are many precautions and safety tips that you’ll want to follow in order to best prepare your home for a chemotherapy patient. Remember, chemotherapy drugs leave patients more vulnerable to infection, so family caregivers need to take extra precautions to avoid getting sick.
The simplest yet most effective safety precaution is to frequently wash your hands using soap and water. Other safety tips that should be followed include:
- Wearing two pairs of disposable gloves when cleaning up bodily fluids
- Washing soiled sheets, towels, and clothes separate from other items
- Setting up a separate bathroom for the patient
- Using two plastic bags to throw away soiled items
Knowing what needs to be done when preparing for chemotherapy treatment at home makes the process a lot easier for family and friends, as well as for the patient.
How the atHand® Overbed Table System Can Help
When caring for a chemo patient at home, you want the peace of mind knowing that your loved one is comfortable. Undergoing chemotherapy can feel confining and can limit mobility for the patient—but, with the right items on hand, this doesn’t have to be the case.
One product that your loved one will want to have access to is an overbed table system. At Integrant LLC, we sell a high-quality atHand® Overbed Table System that offers all of the features and conveniences that people want and need when undergoing at-home treatment.
For example, our overbed table system offers lightning, shelves, a sturdy surface, and even charging ports. This means that patients can have everything they need within reach. Our overbed table system can be used for eating, using a laptop, or just as a sturdy surface.
Are you interested in learning more about the atHand® Overbed Table System? If so, contact us online or call at (440) 628-9550.