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Supportive Care

Fostering Hope in the Patient With Cancer

Rebecca Lichwala
CJON 2014, 18(3), 267-269 DOI: 10.1188/14.CJON.267-269

When a patient is diagnosed with cancer, feelings such as fear, anxiety, and hopelessness can negatively affect a person's frame of mind. Hope can help a patient decrease anxiety and increase quality of life. Nurses should assess hope, provide interventions, be empathetic, listen, and treat patients with dignity to help improve hope and quality of life. This article features how hope can have a positive impact and provides specific information about how nurses can promote and foster hope in patients with cancer.

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