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Nursing care of the elderly patient with cancer. The critical blend of science and art--back to basics

Nursing care of the elderly patient with cancer. The critical blend of science and art--back to basics

Frontiers of Radiation Therapy and Oncology 20: 173-177

In summary, the nursing care of the elderly patient with cancer incorporates very complex assessments and interventions. Fundamental to the delivery of good care is meeting the basic biological, psychological and social needs of each patient while providing oncologic care in the treatment of their disease and its symptoms. Nursing the elderly requires intelligence, patience, attention to detail, love, gentleness and, above all, hard work. Although we may not always be able to keep up with the science of cancer care, we must always keep up with the art.

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