Evidence-based nursing: radiotherapy for patients with cancer

Forsberg C, Wengstrom Y
Record ID 31998008907
Authors' objectives:

The aim of this systematic literature review is to report on the scientific evidence concerning nursing in radiotherapy.

Authors' recommendations: Radiotherapy for cancer is often associated with complications and side effects. These, along with the worry and anxiety which the patient may experience from the disease itself and from treatment, place special demands on nursing intervention. A variety of nursing interventions are required since the needs of these patients are multifaceted and individual. It is shown that patients who undergo radiotherapy need treatment information, psychosocial support, and help in managing the side effects resulting from treatment. Documented side effects include fatigue, skin and hair reactions, loss of appetite, throat problems, difficulties swallowing, mouth dryness, coughing, disorders of the urinary tract and gastrointestinal tract, and sexual dysfunction. There are only a few randomized, controlled studies that assess the effects of different nursing interventions aimed at treating these side effects.
Authors' methods: Systematic review
Project Status: Completed
URL for project: http://www.sbu.se/Published
Year Published: 1998
English language abstract: An English language summary is available
Publication Type: Not Assigned
Country: Sweden
MeSH Terms
  • Nursing
  • Radiotherapy
  • Neoplasms
Organisation Name: Swedish Agency for Health Technology Assessment and Assessment of Social Services
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