Patient-centered care involves providing care that is responsive to and respectful of individual patient values, needs, and preferences. It’s also about makings sure that all clinical decisions add value to the patient.
Care for breast cancer patients requires coordination of efforts from oncologists, physiatrists, therapists, nurses, dieticians, and more. Technology advancements have made the coordination easy. It has also guaranteed unrivaled patient-centered care.
A heightened understanding of the biological basis of breast cancer and faster adoption of technology has redefined cancer care. There has been tremendous progress in diagnosis, awareness, and treatment of breast cancer.
Technology in early detection
Breast cancer is the most predominant cancer in women worldwide. Early detection of breast cancer guarantees almost 100% survival rate. Screening programs have led to increased cases of early breast cancer diagnosis.
The modern screening modalities rely on piezoelectric and thermal imaging techniques. Therefore, they are non-invasive and more accurate in diagnosing the disease.
Ease of access to cancer care
Tele-medicine services have made it possible for several women to access breast cancer care during the Covid-19 pandemic. Even with social distancing and lockdowns, patients have received care through tele-medicine.
Role in treatment options
Today, women can choose to conserve their breasts even after undergoing breast cancer treatment, thanks to Breast Conservation Surgery (BCS).
Women who choose BCS, report a higher sense of self-image compared to patients who go through a mastectomy. The new procedures involve brachytherapy, stereotactic, intraoperative, and intensity-modulated radiotherapy. The treatment exposes the patient to shorter hypo-fractionated schedules and partial breast irradiation.
Targeted drugs or treatments focus on affected areas, unlike chemotherapy, which works on any rapidly dividing cells.
Better Patient Outcomes
Patient-centered care focuses on personalized treatment approaches. The oncologist selects the best treatment for the patient based on specific patient information.
Personalized care improves the quality of life of breast cancer patients in three ways:
- Saves on treatment costs
- Prevents over treatment
- Improves treatment outcomes
Breast cancer affects women financially, physically, and emotionally. Technology has lessened the adverse effects of the disease.