Are the difficult questions easier to answer when the patient still has treatment options available? Ann Brady talks about helping patients and families navigate the changes in disease and care.
Loss of appetite and not eating are difficult aspects of cancer for patients’ loved ones to understand. Continued and diligent nurse education can help both patients and families cope with this disturbing effect.
Providing your patient with the opportunity to tell his or her story helps to ensure that the goals of treatment are defined and met.
Patients’ constant proximity to nurses gives them opportunities and the ease of familiarity to ask difficult questions. When answering, nurses should remember that part of the answer is the patient’s choice of who to ask.
Patients at a crossroads in their care may struggle with the decision to change the course of their care. Nurses need to find the balance between offering support and letting the patient go forward.
If it sounds like denial, it is denial. Right? This patient’s preconceived notion of what lung cancer should be appeared to hinder her accepting her diagnosis. But she agreed to treatment, so is it still denial?