First up in the news for nurses this week is a look at how the care for cancer patients is changing. This article is about breast cancer and personalized care but I have seen this trend in many areas of cancer treatment. The concept of specialized focused care that varies from patient to patient rather than a one-size-fits-all treatment mentality is new, although I think it shouldn’t be. This has usually been limited by economic availability, meaning that for those who could afford it.

Low-Income Cancer Patient Care Planning

Pink-Breast-Cancer-CareA new study has found that this care is now getting down to those at lower income levels and we’re seeing increase survivability for breast cancer now because of it, even in advanced cancers. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommends for the implementation of treatment summaries and survivorship care plans for all cancer patients.

The challenge is that there are still those patients who are underserved out there and we, as nurses, should be working with our care teams to recognized those who are most likely to fall through the cracks. The use of personalized care planning for cancer care is dependent on the patient to participate.

Nurses Key to Personalized Care

Some patients need some additional care and attention to help facilitate this participation. Is there a language or cultural barrier? Is there a linguistic barrier, meaning are we using big words and medical terminology that the patient just nods to but doesn’t understand? These are all areas that the nurse can become an advocate and intervene on the patient’s behalf.

Nurses are in the unique position in the care team to make sure that each and every patient we have gets the full advantage from the care they have access to. There’s some good information in the article and I’ll make sure there’s a link to this one in the show notes for this episode so check it out at NursingShow.com.

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Make sure you follow-up on the links for this news item and all of the other news and additional resource links from this week’s episode – Consumer Health Tech New Devices and Episode 379.

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