Model of Announcing a Diagnosis of Cancer: The French Experience

  • Carine Musete
  • Françoise Charnay-Sonnek
Part of the Principles of Specialty Nursing book series (PSN)


Announcing a diagnosis of cancer is for a patient like a big stone falling on his head. This disease especially in the past was synonymous with death, devastating side effects, pain, damaged body image, etc. we are less tempted to make such comparison today because today we are likely to live with a cancer disease for years, thank the progress in the medicine and new technologies. Indeed we consider this disease as a chronic disease, and we can live with cancer for a very long time with the exception of certain types of cancer.

Going back decades before, considering the image of cancer and the burden it causes, it made sense that competent authorities couldn’t remain indifferent to this situation. All around the world, health organizations led large actions to better face cancer disease and to enhance caring patients with cancer. In Europe, France was one of the first to have established a cancer plan.


Cancer plan Announcing a diagnosis Supportive care Holistic approach Multidisciplinary After cancer 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Carine Musete
    • 1
  • Françoise Charnay-Sonnek
    • 2
  1. 1.Auto-entrepreneur Consultante en formationPontault-CombaultFrance
  2. 2.UnicancerParisFrance

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