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Supportive care for patients with children and families

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Published: 11.05.12
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Yvone Zalders-Steyn – Hanze University Groningen, The Netherlands

At the European Oncology Nursing Society annual meeting in Geneva, April 2012, Yvone Zalders-Steyn addresses the problem of helping parents with cancer speak openly with their children about the disease.


Parents hesitate to speak openly with their children, but need to understand the detriments this can cause.


A recent study shows that oncology nurses were not well equipped to support parents on this topic and that a lack of discussion with their children could affect their development. Oncology nurses in the study said that while they were unable to help with the patient’s problems, they wanted to be more helpful and be proactive but could not because of a lack of knowledge in psychosocial care.


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Nursing · Psychosocial · EONS 8

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