People with a cancer diagnosis or parents with children who have cancer, require
information to better understand their diagnosis, the impact on them and their
family, and to participate fully in decision-making regarding their treatment
An integral component of oncology nursing care involves providing, discussing
and interpreting medical information for the patient and their family. The
needs of the patient and their preferred learning style would be assessed by
the nurse before embarking on an educational session. Educational strategies
can include individual and group sessions, written materials, videos, computer
training, and reliable use of the internet.
Today nurses must engage in life-long learning to maintain the knowledge base in
response to advancing cancer knowledge, technology and treatment modalities.
(CANO Standards of Care, Roles and Competencies, 2002)
Patient and family information
Clinical Practice Guidelines: