Cancer-induced bone disease
Lawrence Drudge-Coates Urology clinical nurse specialist and honorary lecturer, King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London
Bruce Turner Uro-oncology nurse practitioner, Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Barts Health NHS Trust, London
A diagnosis of bone metastases may be devastating for patients with cancer because it suggests that the cancer is incurable and that patients are at increased risk of developing skeletal-related events. The optimal goal for these patients should be to maintain quality of life. Nurses have an important role in the care of patients with cancer-induced bone disease and need to have a good understanding of the effects of bone metastases to ensure prompt management of this condition.
Nursing Standard. 27, 19, 48-56. doi: 10.7748/ns2013.01.27.19.48.c9499Correspondence
This article has been subject to double blind peer review