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Nursing considerations for supporting cancer patients with metastatic spinal cord compression: a literature review.

Troke, R. and Andrewes, T., 2019. Nursing considerations for supporting cancer patients with metastatic spinal cord compression: a literature review. British Journal of Nursing, 28 (17), S24 - S29.

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DOI: 10.12968/bjon.2019.28.17.S24

Abstract

BACKGROUND: metastatic spinal cord compression (MSCC) is an oncology emergency. Prevalence is increasing. Treatment and care are complex and those diagnosed may be faced with life-changing challenges. AIMS: to review the impact and management of MSCC in patients with cancer, in order to analyse nursing considerations for supporting patients. METHODS: a literature review and thematic analysis of five primary research papers, published between 2009 and 2014. FINDINGS: two themes of prognosis/survival time and independence versus dependence were discovered. CONCLUSIONS: the onset of MSCC may result in paralysis and associated loss of independence, impacting on a patient's quality of life. Understanding individuals' prognosis and treatment/care preferences is fundamental for the sensitive, individualised support of patients with MSCC. The findings reinforce the nurses' role in health education, in order to raise awareness of MSCC and promote early diagnosis so that patients maintain function and independence as long as possible. The findings support the need for nurses to be equipped with appropriate communication skills to initiate and engage in sensitive, difficult and proactive conversations with patients and their families, supporting the delivery of humanised care.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:0966-0461
Uncontrolled Keywords:Health education ; Metastasis ; Palliative care ; Person-centred care ; Quality of life
Group:Faculty of Health & Social Sciences
ID Code:32835
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:01 Oct 2019 08:56
Last Modified:26 Mar 2020 01:08

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