Caring for Children and Adolescents with Osteosarcoma: A Nursing Perspective
The nurse plays a vital role in caring for patients with osteosarcoma. From the very outset when the disease is explained to the patient and his/her family, the nurse provides comfort and support, as well as enhances and explains the information provided by the physician. All aspects of medical care are addressed, and he/she is frequently the first line of communication when the patient telephones and requests information or wishes to report a problem to the physician. He/She arranges and coordinates appointments to suit the patient’s medical, and often social needs to provide comprehensive care with attention to detail. This communication will provide a perspective of the role assumed by the nurse in his/her effort to ensure total care of the patient and the family.
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