Supportive Care

Providing Care for Previvors: Implications for Oncology Nurses

distress, ethical issues, genetics/genomics, patient/public education, prevention and detection, survivorship, surgery
CJON 2014, 18(1), 21-24. DOI: 10.1188/14.CJON.21-24

Previvors are individuals who are survivors of a genetic predisposition for developing cancer. They often are confronted with difficult decisions about management of risks that might include aggressive screening and prophylactic surgery. Psychosocial challenges exist for the affected individual, their partners, and offspring. Oncology nurses need to be aware of the complex and special needs of this ever-growing population.

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