Management of metastatic colorectal cancer and its implications for patients and nurses
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Management of metastatic colorectal cancer and its implications for patients and nurses

Elizabeth Meade Advanced nurse practitioner (oncology), Midland Regional Hospital, Tullamore, Ireland
Maura Dowling Lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery, National University of Ireland, Galway

Elizabeth Meade and Maura Dowling discuss the side effects of treatment and how to address these to ensure optimal quality of life

The treatment of patients with metastatic colorectal cancer has improved significantly in the past two decades. Several new targeted drugs and chemotherapy agents have been approved since the late 1990s, resulting in significant improvements in overall survival. However, these advances have physical, psychological and economic implications for patients and their families as treatment may now extend over many years. Oncology nurses are ideally placed to help patients manage the side effects of treatment through comprehensive assessment, education and prompt management, which will support them to maintain the best possible quality of life.

Cancer Nursing Practice. 14, 3,25-30. doi: 10.7748/cnp.14.3.25.e1180

Correspondence

liz.meade@hse.ie

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 22 January 2015

Accepted: 17 February 2015