In this far-ranging textbook on palliative and end of life care, John Costello and a team of palliative care specialists take a patient-centred approach. Discussing palliative and end of life care across a range of diseases and illnesses, each chapter includes real-life case studies that focus on both the patient experience and the experiences of the family members of service users. Original in its approach to palliative and end of life care, Adult Palliative Care focuses on a range of non-cancer conditions. Thoughtfully balancing theory with practice, and interprofessional in its scope, Adult Palliative Care would benefit any health professional dealing with or working in the field of palliative and end of life care.
Chapter 1: The Experience of Living With Cancer
The Experience of Living With Cancer
- Become aware of how a cancer diagnosis impacts on service users/patients and those who are important to them
- Be able to consider the implications of the cancer experience
- Have the opportunity to reflect on their professional relationship with patients who have cancer
- Recognise the importance of empathy in the management of patients with a life-limiting illness
There are an increasing number of people surviving cancer (Macmillan, 2013), although evidence suggests that these survivors do not always have their personal needs met by professionals. Moreover, it has been reported that one in three cancer survivors find that many of their needs for cancer treatment and care go unmet (Morgan, 2009). These findings ...