Helen H. Miller, LCSW, ACSW
All articles by Helen H. Miller, LCSW, ACSW
A patient’s self image can reduce his or her coping abilities and can be significantly impacted by this distressing side effect.
Clinicians and even patients themselves tend to undervalue the need for help with nonclinical concerns.
The financial burden of a cancer diagnosis can be significant. Oncology nurses should familiarize themselves with the organizations that can help patients.
Family events and celebrations can create additional stressors for caregivers. Nurses should take time to remind caregivers about their own needs.
Sibling relationships are important to children with cancer. Special efforts should be taken to maintain sibling involvement in the child’s life.
Patients with cancer may seek guidance on how and how much to tell their children about their diagnosis and treatment.
The variety of options available to help patients manage their pain can improve quality of life during and after cancer treatment.
The person who provides care and support at home is an integral part of a patient’s care. Nurses need to check on them, too.
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