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