International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer
Progress has been made in lung cancer treatment, but as patients are living longer, addressing the toxicities of their systemic therapy is becoming increasingly paramount. In this field of patient management, oncology nurses play a vital role, according to Tanja Cufer, MD, PhD, a medical oncologist and Professor of Oncology at Medical Faculty, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, and Senior Counselor at the University Clinic in Golnik, Slovenia.
Preoperative thoracic surgery education increases patient satisfaction and decreases patient anxiety and readmission rates associated with postoperative complications, all while optimizing overall outcomes for thoracic surgery patients, according to Katherine O. Kuhns, CRNP, a nurse practitioner specialist in thoracic surgery at the University of Pennsylvania Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.
In the delivery of survivorship programs, oncology nurses have a duty to the person as whole, not just to their cancer.
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