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News spotlight: Nurses essential in helping new cancer patients cope

Nurse Leader Insider, March 5, 2012

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Nurses can help newly diagnosed cancer patients come to terms with the impact of their disease on themselves and their loved ones, according to a paper by Rebecca H. Lehto, assistant professor in the College of Nursing at Michigan State University. Patients often experience elevated stress levels, anxiety, and distress following a diagnosis, and nurses can promote a stronger outlook, says Lehto.

Lehto suggests that nurses should serve as supportive, nonjudgmental listeners, and that nurses can play a key role in offering patient education materials and resources. Although there are often concerns that end-of-life discussions contribute to patients' distress, Lehto insists that nurses who can address death-related concerns and existential questions posed by patients, rather than avoiding these topics, are better able to determine patients needs for supportive services.

Source: Medical News Today 



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