The Oncology Nurse-APN/PA spoke with Sandra Kurtin, PhDc, RN, MS, AOCN, ANP-C, a nurse practitioner who specializes in treating patients with hematologic malignancies at The University of Arizona Cancer Center as part of a multidisciplinary team.
According to D. Kathryn Tierney, PhD, RN, cancer survivors, patients, and their providers are not talking about the incidence of sexual dysfunction, which can have a negative impact on cancer survivors’ quality of life as well as their intimate partners.
Compassion is defined as a feeling of deep sorrow for another’s pain, accompanied by an equally powerful desire to lessen or remove their suffering, be it mental, physical, or emotional. The difference between empathy and compassion is action.
“Communication is a beautiful thing, and we stress that a lot in our clinic. The longer a patient is on pain medicine, the harder it is to come off of it and the more it’s going to predict issues later on, so we have to continue to be vigilant,” Ms. Edwards
Cancer therapies come at a high price, resulting in an even greater incentive for maintaining an income and health insurance coverage, but patients still face a multitude of barriers when returning to work after a cancer diagnosis.