What are some ways that cancer patients can be empowered by healthcare providers? Expert Dr. Isaac Powell from Karmanos Cancer Institute shares his perspective on ways patients can take charge of their health and situations that may be outside their control.
Dr. Isaac Powell:
I tell my patients that they have to take charge of their health. They have to talk to the doctor. You have to ask the doctor challenging questions. Then you have to do things that are going to help you as well. You have to be responsible for your own health, such as losing weight if necessary, such as exercising if necessary.
There are things that can cause things that you can’t control, like the pollution of the air and the water. But even in those situations, you need to challenge that and say, we need to do something about this polluted area where I’m living. And so those are the kinds of things that I discuss with my patients. Take charge of your health in every aspect.