Promoting quality of life for patients with myeloma
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Promoting quality of life for patients with myeloma

Maura Dowling Lecturer, National University of Ireland, Galway
Mary Kelly Advanced nurse practitioner (haematology), Midland Regional Hospital, Tullamore, Offaly, Ireland
Teresa Meenaghan Advanced nurse practitioner (haematology), Galway University Hospitals, Ireland

This article aims to provide nurses with an update of best practice in caring for patients living with a diagnosis of myeloma. Targeted treatments for myeloma have resulted in extended survival for patients. However, extended survival results in disease- and treatment-related side effects that have a profound effect on patients’ quality of life. Nurses can support patients to manage their illness and treatment, and promote an improved quality of life.

Cancer Nursing Practice. 12, 8, 30-37. doi: 10.7748/cnp2013.


Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 13 May 2013

Accepted: 02 August 2013