The importance of clinical nurse specialists in providing supportive care for Radium-223 treatment

Louise Causer

Louise Causer, clinical nurse specialist, The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK discusses the importance of clinical specialist nurses in providing supportive care for men undergoing Radium-223 treatment for prostate cancer. Her association with Radium-223 started in 2004 when was asked to get involved in the studies administering Radium-223. But with background in oncology, she sort out other clinical nurse specialists involved with patients with prostate cancer. This is very important as prostate cancer is a long term condition, and it is difficult for nurses involved in the technical aspects of administering Radium-223 to provide the support needed to deal with the large number of problems and challenges prostate cancer patients face. She explains how Radium-223 treatment fits very nicely in a the type of pathway one sees one sees with chemotherapy, where multidisciplinary pre-assessment takes place. Recorded at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS), held in Brighton, UK.

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