Our current issue, CANCER NURSING 37:5 (Sept/Oct) offers a wide array of topics and valuable insight into oncology. Here are the personal thoughts of some 37:5 authors regarding their work:
Nurse Moral Distress and Cancer Pain Management: An Ethnography of Oncology Nurses in India
by LeBaron, Virginia PhD, APRN; Beck, Susan L. PhD, APRN; Black, Fraser MD; Palat, Gayatri MBBS
Dr. LeBaron writes:
Oncology nurses who practice in lower-income countries face tremendous challenges: a high patient volume where over 70% present with advanced, incurable cancer, lack of basic supplies, devaluation of their work, and complex socio-cultural factors that may stigmatize engagement with patients. Our research at a government cancer hospital in South India underscored the importance of first understanding nurses’ role expectations and the context that defines their work when planning oncology training and support. We found that family members provide significant care and their involvement in pain management should be leveraged and encouraged.
Predictors of Change in Quality of Life of Family Caregivers of Patients Near the End of Life With Advanced Cancer
by Leow, Mabel Q. H. BSc Nsg (Honors); Chan, Moon-Fai PhD, CStat; Chan, Sally W. C. PhD
Ms. Leow writes:
The article will give you a glimpse of the quality of life (QoL) of caregivers who are providing care for a family member with advanced cancer from an Asian perspective, Singapore. This article affirms previous studies on the impact of social support, spirituality and religion on caregivers’ QoL. Future studies could emphasize on providing support for caregivers, and encouraging open sharings on spiritualiy and religion.
Grief Related to the Experience of Being the Sibling of a Child With Cancer
by Jenholt Nolbris, Margaretha PhD, RN; Enskär, Karin PhD, RN; Hellström, Anna-Lena PhD, RN
Dr. Jenholt Nolbris writes:
Siblings of a child diagnosed with cancer need time and attention to become more involved in what is happening with the cancer sick child and to themselves as siblings. A sibling reaction to the ill child's diagnosis is grief. The grief can arise right after the diagnosis and continue during and after treatment. This reaction can be diminished if the siblings are informed and talk about their new situation.
Impact of an Incentive-Based Mobility Program, “Motivated and Moving,” on Physiologic and Quality of Life Outcomes in a Stem Cell Transplant Population
by Brassil, Kelly J. MSN, RN; Szewczyk, Nicholas MSN, RN; Fellman, Bryan MS; Neumann, Joyce MSN, RN; Burgess, Jessica BSN, RN; Urbauer, Diana MS; LoBiondo-Wood, Geri PhD, RN, FAAN
Ms. Brassil writes:
Stem cell transplantation (SCT) recipients experience profound fatigue and the need for protective isolation may inhibit patients from engaging in physical activity, greatly affecting physiologic and quality of life outcomes. This study presents a nurse-led innovative program, “Motivated and Moving,” which encourages patient participation in physical activity outside the hospital room through the use of incentives. We believe this work is important because of its impact on patient outcomes and the example it provides for Cancer Nursing readers and oncology professionals, of the efficacy of highly collaborative, multidisciplinary teams in enhancing the quality of care for cancer patients.
We hope you enjoy reading these, and many other, articles from our current issue of CANCER NURSING!