Recent Developments in Cancer Nursing

Yates, Patsy (2004) Recent Developments in Cancer Nursing. Cancer Forum, 28(3), pp. 119-120.


Over the past few decades, cancer nursing services have developed in response to major scientific and technological advances in the treatment and support for people with cancer. Cancer nursing services today are widely regarded as an essential component of a safe, quality cancer care system, with nurses making a vital contribution to the prevention and reduction of physical and psychological morbidity associated with a cancer diagnosis and the process of cancer treatment. Like most health professions, the way in which nursing services contribute to improving the cancer experience and optimising the outcomes of cancer care is undergoing significant change. This change is being driven by many factors. In particular, the imperative to reform cancer services to create a system that is more person-centred is requiring that all health professions, including nurses, re-consider their practices and systems of care, as well as the nature of the relationships between the various cancer care professionals and with their patients, family members and community members. With its strong foundation in traditions of holistic person-centred care, its pivotal location in the system and the sheer size of its workforce, nursing services are set to play a critical role in the more responsive cancer care models of the future. There are, however, a number of challenges to realising the potential that exists for improving the experiences of people diagnosed with cancer.

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ID Code: 3837
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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ISSN: 0311-306X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > ONCOLOGY AND CARCINOGENESIS (111200) > Oncology and Carcinogenesis not elsewhere classified (111299)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2004 Cancer Council Australia
Copyright Statement: The contents of this journal can be freely accessed online via the journal’s web page (see link).
Deposited On: 07 Apr 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 24 Mar 2015 02:28

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