Co-ordination of supportive care needs in metastatic breast cancer
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Co-ordination of supportive care needs in metastatic breast cancer

Melissa Warren Clinical nurse specialist cancer care co-ordination, Capital and Coast District Health Board, Wellington, New Zealand, Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, London
Diane Mackie Clinical nurse specialist secondary breast cancer, Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, London

Melissa Warren and Diane Mackie look at the role of the clinical nurse specialist in relation to patients with advanced disease

Clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) play an important part in the delivery of care to patients with metastatic breast cancer in hospital and in the community; a component of which is co-ordinating supportive care needs. The CNS for metastatic breast cancer is evolving in the UK with little evidence of equivalent roles, internationally. This article reviews the literature on the supportive care needs of patients with metastatic breast cancer drawing on the standards of care developed by UK charity Breast Cancer Care and the role and efficacy of CNSs.

Correspondence melissa.warren@ccdhb.org.nz

Cancer Nursing Practice. 13, 1,23-27. doi: 10.7748/cnp2014.02.13.1.23.e1018

Received: 08 August 2013

Accepted: 25 November 2013

Published in print: 11 February 2014

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict Of Interest

None declared