The Omnipresence of Cancer: its implications for colorectal cancer
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The Omnipresence of Cancer: its implications for colorectal cancer

Shaha M Lecturer in nursing, Krankenpflegeschule Freiburg – School of Nursing Freiburg, German Research Unit, Freiburg, Switzerland
Cox C Professor of nursing, Advanced Clinical Practice and Head of Department, Applied Biological Sciences, City University - St Bartholomew School of Nursing and Midwifery, London
Hall A Researcher-practitioner, Colorectal Nursing Dept, Homerton University NHS Foundation Trust, Hackney, London and City University, St Bartholomew School of Nursing and Midwifery, London
Porrett T Nurse consultant, Colorectal Nursing Dept, Homerton University NHS Foundation Trust, Hackney, London theresa
Brown J Senior research fellow, University of Auckland, New Zealand

The Omnipresence of Cancer is a theory used to describe the experience of having colorectal cancer. It provides a framework that can be used by colorectal nurses to provide individualised and evidence-based care to patients diagnosed with the disease. The theory maintains that thoughts about colorectal cancer are omnipresent (existing everywhere at the same time) in a person’s life from confirmation of the diagnosis throughout the remainder of the person’s life. If colorectal nurses are not familiar with the issues underlying this concept, they will be unable to adequately plan patient care.

Cancer Nursing Practice. 5, 4,35-39. doi: 10.7748/cnp2006.05.5.4.35.c7577

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