Better Survivorship Care for Patients: The Nurse’s Role

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In honor of National Cancer Survivor’s Day on June 1, the Nurse Oncology Education Program (NOEP) has released a free continuing education course entitled Survivorship Care: Increasing Your Patients’ Quality of Life at http://www.noep.org. Nurses, no matter the field of practice, can impact care for cancer survivors.

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Nurses are likely to see a cancer survivor at some point during their nursing career.

Nearly 14 million Americans are now living with and beyond a diagnosis of cancer. Major advances in cancer detection and treatment have resulted in longer survival. However, physical, financial, and emotional hardships often persist after diagnosis and treatment.

Most nurses are not well versed on the wide spectrum of issues cancer survivors face. To address this knowledge gap, NOEP has launched a no-cost continuing education course, Survivorship Care: Increasing Your Patients' Quality of Life. Nurses will learn about the Survivorship Care Plan, a record that all patients should receive detailing their cancer history and plan for follow-up care, as recommended by the Institute of Medicine.

Regardless of the area of specialty, nurses are likely to see a cancer survivor at some point during their nursing career. Anticipating the physical, emotional, and practical concerns of this population can assist the nurse in providing the best care possible.

ABOUT NOEP – NOEP is a nonprofit project of the Texas Nurses Association/Foundation providing continuing education to nurses on cancer prevention, detection, treatment and survivorship.

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