A palliative care nurse is counseling a patient who is suffering from cancer. Which statement by the patient indicates that more education is needed about the treatment he receives through palliative care?

 

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- I can receive palliative care for my side effects of chemo, but my cancer pain has to be treated differently

- I know that this treatment is focused on me and my family, not my illness

- I can meet with the palliative care nurse at home if I want to

- If I go on hospice, I can continue to receive palliative care services

Rationale

"I can receive palliative care for my side effects of chemo, but my cancer pain has to be treated differently" is the correct answer, because this statement indicates that further education is needed regarding palliative care. Palliative care centers on symptom management, including pain management, to help the patient be as comfortable as possible. If the patient is experiencing pain or discomfort, whether the source of discomfort is from treatment or the disease itself, the nurse is there to help manage pain. A palliative care nurse may work with a patient who has cancer to help with side effects of cancer treatments, pain and symptom management and to maintain quality of life.
"I know that this treatment is focused on me and my family, not my illness", "I can meet with the palliative care nurse at home if I want to" and "If I go on hospice, I can continue to receive palliative care services" are all incorrect answers because the patient who makes these statements indicates that they have a good understanding of palliative care.

References:
“Palliative Care: MedlinePlus.” MedlinePlus Trusted Health Information for You, medlineplus.gov/palliativecare.html.

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