Benefits of attending nurse-led pre-chemotherapy group sessions
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Benefits of attending nurse-led pre-chemotherapy group sessions

Theresa Sullivan Macmillan patient information lead, Lynda Jackson Macmillan centre
Karen Harrold Chemotherapy and intravenous access nurse practitioner, Mount Vernon Cancer Centre, Middlesex
Kay Bell Head of nursing, Mount Vernon Cancer Centre, Middlesex
Claire Griffin Senior chemotherapy nurse, Mount Vernon Cancer Centre, Middlesex
Clare Scarlett Research officer, Mount Vernon Cancer Centre, Middlesex

Theresa Sullivan and colleagues examine how time can be saved and education and experience improved when preparing clients for treatment

Before the start of chemotherapy, cancer patients and their families can benefit from being given positive information in a way that prepares them for treatment and supports them while treatment takes place. This preparation has traditionally been carried out on a one-to-one basis with a nurse trained in chemotherapy. At one cancer centre, a new approach to providing information on chemotherapy and support in group sessions is improving patient experience and outcomes. These group sessions benefit patients and nurses.

Cancer Nursing Practice. 12, 1,27-31. doi: 10.7748/cnp2013.02.12.1.27.e903

Correspondence

theresa.sullivan@nhs.net

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 25 July 2012

Accepted: 15 November 2012