Supportive careSupportive careTreatment given to improve the quality of life of people who have a serious illness (such as cancer). helps people meet the physical, practical, emotional and spiritual challenges of eye cancer. It is an important part of cancer care. There are many programs and services available to help meet the needs and improve the quality of life of people living with cancer and their loved ones, especially after treatment has ended.
Recovering from eye cancer and adjusting to life after treatment is different for each person, depending on the extent of the disease, the type of treatment and many other factors. The end of cancer treatment may bring mixed emotions. Even though treatment has ended, there may be other issues to deal with, such as coping with long-term side effects. A person who has been treated for eye cancer may have the following concerns.
Surgery for eye cancer may change the way you look. The amount and type of change that may occur will depend on the type of eye surgery that is done. A change in appearance can affect the way you feel about yourself.
Changes in vision can occur as a result of eye cancer or its treatment. Problems with eyesight can range from very minor changes in vision to complete loss of sight in an eye. The degree of vision change depends on the type and extent of eye cancer a person has and the effect of treatment on vision.
A person with eye cancer who has had their entire eye removed (enucleation) with surgery may be concerned about living with an artificial eye (ocular prosthesis).
I feel honoured that I was a part of these people’s lives … honoured to have been there for them, to have listened and offered hope that it will be okay.
The Canadian Cancer Society provides helpful information about government income programs, financial resources and other resources available to families struggling to make sense of the personal financial burden they face.