Managing Cancer Takes a Team

With the increasing incidence of cancer and growing complexity of cancer care, multidisciplinary teams have the potential to improve the quality of life by helping to better manage the disease. Although there are many challenges that can impede the success of the team, continuous commitment will help ensure the team achieves its full potential in delivering effective and efficient cancer care.1

Multidisciplinary Cancer Management Team2

 

The role of the oncology nurse in the care and management of the cancer patient is vital.3 According to the 2011 Institute of Medicine report "The Future of Nursing Report: Leading Change, Advancing Health," nursing is well-positioned to lead innovative strategies to improve healthcare delivery.4 Throughout the disease trajectory, nurses provide disease and treatment information, manage adverse effects, and offer emotional support to cancer patients.3 In their role, oncology nurses provide high quality care, increase patient satisfaction, and have the potential to reduce the direct costs of cancer care.4

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