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Neal F Cook
British Journal of Nursing, Vol. 8, Iss. 5, 11 Mar 1999, pp 318 - 324

An experience of cancer can be personally challenging and devastating. Nurses are the ideal health professionals to guide patients through this period in their life because they are in the unique position of being an immediate source of support in patient care. It is therefore essential for nurses to understand the challenge that cancer presents to patients’ self-conception in order to facilitate coping and adaptation. This article explores challenges such as investigation and diagnosis of cancer through to treatment, and guides the nurse in aiding the patient in self-conceptual adaptation using Roy’s Adaptation Model as a blueprint for care. It also draws upon research evidence and personal views.

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