Happy Fall. Happy September. This month brings with it, many cancer awareness moments.
Today's post and video is focused on Thyroid Cancer Awareness.
To hear a bit about a recent study published in Oncology Nursing Forum by Henry, M et al, in September, 2018, click play below.
The purpose of the study, Feelings of Disenfranchisement and Support Needs Among Patients with Thyroid Cancer, was to offer a better understanding of the experiences, preferences, and needs of people with thyroid cancer.
Participants were at a university-affiliated hospital in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Researchers found that coping with uncertainty was a major theme that emerged from interviews, with some of the main concerns being: difficult treatment decisions, long surgery wait times, and fears about surgical complications, potential metastases, and death. 17 study participants reported that without a nurse as part of the multi-disciplinary team, they would be lost in a system they believed minimized their illness and offered few resources to support them in a time of crisis.
September, 2018, Vol 45 No. 5, Oncology Nursing Forum, 639-652