The experts of Quirónsalud Marbella have stressed the importance of cancer patients follow the advice and indications of your doctor to enjoy your holidays in a way that you have a balance between treatment and the days off.
As indicated in a statement, cancer patients undergoing treatment “are the ones who have to take the greatest precautions so that this break in their routine does not translate into loss of health“.
In this sense, Dr. diego pereza specialist from the Comprehensive Department of Oncology at Hospital Quirónsalud Marbella, has pointed out that “cancer patients should enjoy the summer like any other season of the year, especially as it is the holiday season par excellence, but they must meet a series of basic requirements if they do not want to see the activity of your treatment or other aspects of your health diminished.
“You have to find the balance between the desire for vacations and the need to adhere to treatment, but it can be achieved. The main thing is that the patient accepts her reality and is aware that he must comply with our instructions,” he pointed out.
The expert offers some guidelines to make the summer getaway as pleasant as possible for the patient. Among them, the planning. “It is essential that the trip is scheduled well in advance and that the reference oncologist is always consulted beforehand so that the necessary individualized and personalized decisions are made so that the vacations fit well into the planned treatment cycles,” he said.
Another important aspect, in the doctor’s opinion, is “to raise the journey as a relaxing activity that does not increase the patient’s stress”. “It is advisable not to travel to places where the circumstances are extreme, either due to the weather, orography or difficult access to sanitary facilities”, he pointed out.
Food, rest, exercise routine and sun protection
The specialist from the Comprehensive Department of Oncology at Hospital Quirónsalud Marbella also highlights other influential aspects of patient well-being during the holidays, such as clothing, feeding and the rest.
For this reason, he has recalled the importance of wearing clothes according to the season and making an adequate fluid intake -mainly water-. As for food, it must be “balanced and varied, without excesses”, he has recommended.
Likewise, it has opted for “maintaining a work out regular, similar to the one that is being practiced, without excesses and avoiding the hours of highest temperature”. Likewise, he has considered it important “to sleep the necessary hours, it is even recommended to respect the nap to avoid being active in the central hours of the day”.
He also stated that you have to take the medical information to the place of destination. As Dr. Diego Pérez emphasizes, “they must verify that they have a recent updated oncological report and verify that they have the necessary medication for the entire stay -whether it is the specific oncological one or others such as analgesics–.
Likewise, they must notify the people with whom they are traveling of their current situation and inform their closest relatives of their displacement. If the trip occurs to areas of high solar incidenceshould avoid exposure in the central hours of the day and should always be adequately protected with light sleeves, hats, sunglasses and f>50 sun protection.
“In short, summer is a time of rest, calm and reunion and it should not be less in cancer patients, as long as they meditate, plan and contact your medical team usual his intentions. To the extent possible, your oncologist will help you make your summer days as comfortable as you want without compromising the therapeutic benefit,” he concluded.
A new model of networking
The Comprehensive Oncology Department of Hospital Quirónsalud Marbella is included in a new organizational and networking model that also brings together the Hospital Quirónsalud Malaga and Quirónsalud Campo de Gibraltar Hospital.
This platform, at the service of patients affected by cancer, offers a multidisciplinary care project and the possibility of accessing the most advanced technology in the medical field.
“The culture of collaborative work established in this care model guarantees individualized diagnosis, speed of diagnostic tests and personalized choice of the most suitable treatment”, they stated in a statement.
The circuit starts at the multidisciplinary oncology committee, where the different specialists of the team assess the most appropriate therapeutic option in each clinical situation. Once the decision has been made, appointments are scheduled for the administration of systemic treatments (chemotherapy, hormone therapy and/or immunotherapy) together with highly technologically advanced radiotherapy (SBRT, IGRT, radiosurgery…).
In addition, throughout the treatment the support of different complementary services that the patient may need (nutritional advice, psycho-oncology, physical activity, oncological hyperthermia, hyperbaric chamber…) is possible.