Quality of Life for Patients Receiving Chemotherapy and Hormonal Therapy
This chapter will examine some of the issues relevant to chemotherapy and hormonal therapy, and the challenges that they present particularly, but not exclusively, to the nursing profession. One cannot, of course, separate treatment of the disease from the disease process itself and its impact on the patient and family. Patients’ attitudes to cancer vary considerably depending upon cultural, ethnic, social, economic, and educational factors, but probably the most important and prominent attitude is fear — fear of having cancer, fear of it being fatal, fear of disfiguration, fear that it will cause severe pain, fear of treatment and its side-effects. Such fears will vary in intensity and frequency, as will the patient’s reaction to them.
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