Addressing Pain Associated with Bone Metastases: Oncology Nursing Roles in a Multidisciplinary Rapid-Access Palliative Radiotherapy Clinic

Edith Pituskin, Sheri Sneath, Hope Rabel, Tammy O'Rourke, Wendy Duggleby, Kathleen Hunter, Sunita Ghosh, Alysa Fairchild

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Abstract

Objectives: We provide a review of external beam radiotherapy for pain associated with bone metastases, to summarize evidence associated with different radiotherapy fraction prescriptions, and outline the oncology nursing roles in a rapid-access palliative radiotherapy clinic. Additionally, we describe the clinical capacity contributed by a nurse practitioner working at full clinical scope. Data Sources: Data derived from literary databases (PubMed, CINAHL); an ethics-approved, prospective data set; and clinical expertise. Conclusion: Nursing provides essential contributions in the treatment and holistic symptom management in patients undergoing radiation therapy for painful bone metastases. Implications for Nursing Practice: The roles of nursing in radiation oncology have been poorly elucidated within the existing literature. This evaluation provided valuable insights into the contribution of oncology nursing roles in providing timely access for individuals with painful metastasis.

Original languageEnglish
Article number151279
JournalSeminars in Oncology Nursing
Volume38
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr. 2022

Keywords

  • Bone metastases
  • Nurse practitioner
  • Pain
  • Palliative radiotherapy
  • Registered nurse
  • Symptom assessment

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