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Prechemotherapy Education: Reducing Patient Anxiety Through Nurse-Led Teaching Sessions

Emmanuel Apor
Nathan T. Connell
Katherine Faricy-Anderson
Peter Barth
Rouba Youssef
Mary Anne Fenton
William M. Sikov
Anthony Thomas
Kayla Rosati
Andrew Schumacher
Alise Lombardo
Susan Korber
Humera Khurshid
Howard Safran
Anthony Mega
CJON 2018, 22(1), 76-82 DOI: 10.1188/18.CJON.76-82

Background: Patients with cancer experience stress surrounding diagnosis and treatment. Many cancer centers employ a nurse-led education session to alleviate patient anxiety and confusion.

Objectives: The goal was to evaluate the effect of a nurse-led chemotherapy teaching session on patients’ knowledge, anxiety, and preparedness for cancer-directed therapy.

Methods: After discussing treatment with their oncologist, participants completed a survey assessing their perceived understanding of various treatment topics. After, they underwent a teaching session with an oncology nurse. The survey was readministered when patients returned for their first and second treatment cycles.

Findings: Significant increases were observed in patients’ understanding of their treatment schedule, potential adverse effects, and antiemetic medication regimen by the first cycle of therapy and a reduction in treatment-related anxiety by the second cycle of therapy.

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