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Poster Display session 3

3073 - 1 patient 3 different advance Ca nurse’s roles: symptom management&continuum care through a joint approach in a clinical case


30 Sep 2019


Poster Display session 3


Catarina Almeida


Annals of Oncology (2019) 30 (suppl_5): v836-v845. 10.1093/annonc/mdz276


C. Almeida1, A. Chemela2, M.J. Branco3

Author affiliations

  • 1 Pneumology, Instituto Portuguès de Oncologia de Lisboa Francisco Gentil E.P.E. (IPO Lisboa), 1099-023 - Lisbon/PT
  • 2 Oncology, Instituto Portuguès de Oncologia de Lisboa Francisco Gentil E.P.E. (IPO Lisboa), 1099-023 - Lisbon/PT
  • 3 Hematology, Instituto Portuguès de Oncologia de Lisboa Francisco Gentil E.P.E. (IPO Lisboa), 1099-023 - Lisbon/PT


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Abstract 3073


Management of Ca treatment-related symptoms is an important safety issue. The value of nursing in symptom management is critical and becoming increasingly so as the treatment becomes more remarkably complex.


Qualitative research Descriptive case study Describe the problems of a 28year old dx with Hodgkin’s Disease.


Chemotherapy Day Hospital (CDH) was the 1st contact with the oncology reality Focus: familiarization with a hostil atmosphere develop links between patient-nurses change of routines impact on ADL management of CT’s effects therapeutic regimen increase one’s resilience and hope while in treatment reduce long-term complications of the Ca tips to promote comfort: minimize suffering assisting patient navigation in the care continuum Relapse after 6 months New CT treatment (inpatient setting) Anxiety attacks due to the adaptation/awareness of his new condition Focus: management of bad news and CT’s side effects requested collaboration to the nurse of the CDH in the adaptation of strategies of adhesion to the new CT/hospitalization hospital routines adapted to his habits self care promotion psychological support articulation between services communication among nurses - promote the continuity of care New relapse Began immunotherapy: hospitalized after pulmonar toxicity In this scope he performed a bronchoscopy No curative therapy indication Due to tiredness/dyspnea a personalized respiratory rehabilitation plan was developed by a nurse: breathing optimization energy conservation techniques teaching positions of rest/relaxation In the end-of-life were adopted non-pharmacological strategies: relief of dyspnea (guidelines of the nurse of the bronchoscopy unit) positioning massage distraction techniques his mother was allowed to spend the night with him D/C was possible to fulfill one of his desires After a month he was admitted (neurological changes) and passed away.


During the treatment period of the disease the patient went through 3 distinctive services where it was necessary to have an individualized/specialized approach as well as an articulation/communication among the nurses in order to guarantee an effectively management of symptoms and the quality/safety of care.

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The authors.


Has not received any funding.


All authors have declared no conflicts of interest.

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