Anita Ngoma Bwanga1 and Georges El Hachem2*
1Oncology Nurse Coordinator, Department of Medical Oncology, Erasme Hospital University Medical Center, Brussels, Belgium
2Medical Oncologist, Department of Medical Oncology, Erasme Hospital University Medical Center, Brussels, Belgium
*Corresponding Author: Georges El Hachem, MD, Medical Oncologist, Department of Medical Oncology, Erasme Hospital University Medical Center, Brussels, Belgium.
Received: July 25, 2018; Published: August 21, 2018
Citation: Anita Ngoma Bwanga and Georges El Hachem. “The Oncology Nurse Coordinator: A Navigator through the Continuum of Cancer Care". Acta Scientific Cancer Biology 2.7 (2018).
Cancer incidence is rising worldwide due to early screening and advances in diagnostic modalities. In the same perspective, the antineoplastic treatments are becoming more complex with different toxicity profiles and schedules of administration. Fortunately, the overall survival is improving in most of the cases. Thus, the patients’ quality of life becomes a major issue. Besides the multidisciplinary and multimodal decisions, the coordination of cancer care is mandatory across different specialists and caregivers for a better quality of health care. There must be a person who is more available than the regular floor registered nurse to the patients and their families. This person has a better knowledge of the disease, the symptoms, the treatment related toxicity, and works as a team player with multiple care providers communicating the patients’ complaints and questions. This is the oncology nurse coordinator (ONC).
Accompanying patients with chronic diseases is becoming more and more complicated at all the levels: medically, socially, psychologically and administratively. Even if two patients have the same diagnosis, they will be different in perceiving the bad news and most importantly, expressing their emotions and symptoms. This could also explain different expectations from the supportive care in various situations during the course of the malignancy.
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