Services for women with metastatic breast cancer in the US
Maria Leadbeater Macmillan clinical nurse specialist palliative care, Ashgate Hospice, Chesterfield
Maria Leadbeater describes how an educational visit to New York and Baltimore increased her knowledge of the disease
This article describes the experience of a nurse on an educational travel scholarship to a cancer centre in New York. She observed nurses treating patients undergoing chemotherapy and radiotherapy, in specialist roles not dissimilar to those in the NHS. She found many similarities between the UK service and US health care, but notes that electronic record keeping is more prevalent in the US. She also attended a conference organised by a patient advocacy organisation in Baltimore. The article aims to encourage others to consider visits to overseas units or organisations relevant to their work through travel scholarships.
Cancer Nursing Practice. 11, 5, 23-26. doi: 10.7748/cnp2012.06.11.5.23.c9149Correspondence
This article has been subject to double blind peer reviewConflict of interest