Lung.mx.– According to Globocan, more than 7,500 new cases in our country of lung cancer, and 7,100 deaths associated with this neoplasia during 2020, which represents the seventh cancer with the highest incidence in Mexico and the fourth cause of death from cancer.
In order to provide necessary information to the people who live with him about their rights, tools that are available to them to attend to their needs, as well as the impact of changes in the health system, various organizations have led to held workshops of health literacy for lung cancer patients and caregivers.
The topics addressed have included changes in the health system, rights and obligations of patients, use of tools for documentation and management of needs and personalized medicine as a treatment option, thus helping patients to know and exercise your rights in a more effective way, in addition to making the most appropriate decisions for health and improving their experience and communication with medical personnel.
Literacy patients by providing them with knowledge, skills and experiences related to health, can make a patient become knowledgeable and expert in their own health and know how to take care of themselves in some aspects, in addition to allowing them work together with doctors and specialists, providing their perspective from the patient’s side and thereby be able to improve their health situation.
In addition, information has been provided to patients on some clinical tools that can improve their prognosis and quality of life, such as clinical care protocols and personalized medicine, which use information specific to cancer tumors to plan and provide patients with the type of treatment they require and that may be more effective based on the information obtained about these tumors.
The incidence of lung cancer has been found to be related to the diagnosis, as most cases are diagnose in advanced stagesTherefore, it is important that patients can know the first symptoms such as chest pain, persistent cough, shortness of breath or coughing up blood, and thus see a specialist in a timely manner.
Patients often do not have extensive knowledge about their disease, or about the treatments to which they have access, so it is sought that they can be more informed about these issues, which can improve the care they receive, or where they receive it.