Role of the nurse in family-centred care

Childhood cancer causes severe disruption to the lives of the child and family affected. From diagnosis an uncertain journey begins, punctuated by medical regimens and threat of death. Professionals involved in care must be aware of the profound physiological and social effect of diagnosis and treatment. They must recognise their duty to provide holistic care tailored to the needs of each individual child and family. This article examines the upheaval experienced by families reported in the literature and explores the important role of the children’s nurse in a multidisciplinary approach to care.

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