Pediatric Cancer Nursing and Care
The pediatric oncology nurse a highly specialized and sensitive role—delivers care to those pediatric patients who are receiving cancer treatment. Specific responsibilities include preparing patients for chemotherapy, administering palliative treatment, and collaborating with other members of the health care team. It’s very painful to hear when we know that the cancer attacked children.
Chemotherapy is the primary treatment used to cure many pediatric cancers. Chemotherapy is the use of drugs to destroy cancer cells. The goal of chemotherapy includes reducing the primary tumor size, destroying cancer cells, and preventing metastasis or microscopic spread of disease. Chemotherapy targets cancer in several different ways to achieve cancer cell destruction. Chemotherapy drugs are administered in addition to another form of therapy such as radiation or surgery, which is called multitargeted therapy.
Neoadjuvant chemotherapy is the use of chemotherapy drugs administered before a scheduled surgery to reduce the size of a tumor and increase the chance of a successful surgery. Adjuvant chemotherapy is used on patients who have no evidence of disease post surgery or radiation but are thought to be at a high risk for relapse...