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Supportive Care

The Unique Supportive Care Needs of a Mother With Acute Myeloid Leukemia During Treatment

Tara A. Albrecht
AnnMarie Lee Walton
Ashley Leak Bryant
CJON 2015, 19(1), 16-19 DOI: 10.1188/15.CJON.16-19

Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is an aggressive cancer of the blood that is linked with poor survival. The disease requires immediate intensive chemotherapy treatment that leaves patients hospitalized for at least one month and often longer, depending on their supportive care needs. Mothers undergoing treatment for AML may benefit from having attention paid to their supportive care needs during that time.

At a Glance

  • The fluctuating health of many patients with cancer, particularly those who care for young children, may further intensify their stress levels during hospitalizations.
  • Hospitalizations should include vigilant nursing and supportive care measures.
  • Many resources are available for families dealing with a parent’s diagnosis of cancer.

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