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QOD 49: Palliative Care for and Oncology Patient (Oncology/Basic Care and Comfort)

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Question:

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?

Answer:

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

Rationale: 

A palliative care nurse may work with a patient who has cancer to help with side effects of cancer treatments and to maintain quality of life. Palliative care is designed to promote comfort; if the patient is experiencing pain, the nurse can also help to find ways to manage the patients pain by working closely with the physician.


Date Published - Mar 17, 2016
Date Modified - Jul 11, 2016