What Does an Oncology Nurse Do?
An Oncology Nurse is a specialized nurse who cares for cancer patients. They are involved in all stages of cancer diagnoses, treatment, and management, including administering chemotherapy and other medications, monitoring side effects and responses to treatment, providing supportive care, and educating patients and their families about the disease process and treatment plan.
These nurses require a strong knowledge base in cancer pathophysiology and pharmacology, as well as skills in symptom management, counseling, and patient education. They must be compassionate and provide emotional support to patients and families coping with the impact of a cancer diagnosis and the complexities of treatment.
Oncology Nurses work in various settings, including hospitals, outpatient cancer clinics, and patients’ homes. They often collaborate with a multidisciplinary team that includes physicians, social workers, and other healthcare professionals. Their expertise is crucial in helping patients navigate the challenges of cancer treatment and in supporting them throughout their journey.