Radiotherapy review for patients with breast cancer: a new approach
Janice Fletcher Macmillan clinical nurse specialist (radiotherapy), Ninewells Hospital, Dundee
Carole Hornsby Superintendent radiographer, Ninewells Hospital, Dundee
This article describes a study designed to assess the effectiveness of a new approach to reviewing patients undergoing radiotherapy for breast cancer. The existing review process at the hospital concerned was unsatisfactory in that insufficient time was allowed for patients with complex needs, while those with fewer problems faced long waits. The new approach aimed to make best use of radiographers’ skills and allow a specialist nurse to devote more time to patients with, for example, diagnostic queries. Evaluation of the new review process elicited positive feedback from patients, but also confirmed for nurses and other staff groups the value of working together across previously entrenched professional boundaries.
Cancer Nursing Practice. 6, 4,35-39. doi: 10.7748/cnp2007.05.6.4.35.c4194