Evidence-Based Nursing in Basic Anticancer Treatment: Management of the Most Important Side Effects

  • Clotilde Messin
  • Cathie AmrheinEmail author
Part of the Principles of Specialty Nursing book series (PSN)


Every cancer is unique. Each patient will benefit from the best therapeutic strategy adapted to their situation. Surgery, radiotherapy, and chemotherapy remain essential treatments. Used alone or in combination, the goal will be the same: to kill all cancerous cells while sparing, as much as possible, healthy tissues to limit undesirable effects. These rapid, cumulative, or delayed side effects have an impact on the entire body of the patient. In this chapter, we address only the main effects, hematological disorders, digestive disorders, alterations of body image, fatigue, and sexual health disorder. It is the responsibility of nurses to respect and empower patients by providing personalized counseling and developing their education. Today, cancer pathology is increasingly considered chronic. This chronicity implies long-term follow-up of the person affected.


Side effects Chronicity Patient education Body image Fatigue Sexuality Teamwork 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Ecole Santé sociale Sud EstLyonFrance
  2. 2.University Hospital StrasbourgStrasbourgFrance

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