Homelessness is a national problem that is worsening. Some challenges the homeless face—lack of shelter, food, health care, support, and opportunities—are well known. Cancer, an unrecognized problem among the homeless, is a leading cause of their deaths.
AT A GLANCE
- Homelessness is a complex situation resulting from internal and structural factors.
- Homelessness makes cancer even more challenging because of lack of resources, a peaceful environment, and family and friends.
- Increasing awareness of homelessness, knowing about healthcare resources, counseling on smoking cessation, and advocating for better cancer care are some ways oncology nurses can make a difference to people who are homeless.