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Provide information about the disease process, diagnostic tests, and treatment.
Give chemotherapy agents as ordered. Assist with measures to minimize adverse effects.
Provide emotional support. Allow the patient to verbalize feelings and concerns; answer questions honestly; provide consistency in explanations and activities.
Assist the patient in developing positive coping strategies. Point out positive aspects of the patient's self; offer praise and encouragement to foster self-esteem and a positive body image.
Allow time for the patient and family to process information.
Encourage the patient to participate in care and activites to foster a sense of control over the situation.
Encourage adequate nutrition and hydration. Offer suggestions to promote nutrition if the patient experiences nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or stomatis related to chemotherapy.
Prepare the patient for possible surgery. Encourage verbalization of feelings and questions to promote informed decision making and control over the situation. Include the patient's significant other in discussions.
Provide preoperative and postoperative care.
Inspect the area being irradiated for irritation or breakdown; inspect the surgical site for signs and symptoms of infection and perform wound care as appropriate.
Assist with radiation ordered.
Encourage the patient to speak with others who have a similar diagnosis and have undergone or are undergoing treatment.
Obtain specimens, such as complete blood count, for laboratory testing to evaluate for possible myelosuppression from treatment.