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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 243-249

Integrating Palliative Care for Patients on Clinical Trials: Opportunities for Oncology Nurses

1 Division of Nursing Research and Education, City of Hope National Medical Center, Duarte, CA, USA
2 Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, Baltimore, MD, USA

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RN, PhD, MA, FAAN, FPCN, CHPN Betty Ferrell
Division of Nursing Research and Education, City of Hope National Medical Center, Medical Center
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/apjon.apjon_2_20

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The purpose of this article is to describe the lessons learned in the course of a 5-year research study on a palliative care intervention for persons on a Phase 1 clinical trial. Patients who are participating in Phase 1 trials and the families who care for them may be especially vulnerable and require special attention. The patients are generally experiencing the effects of advanced disease, and they also may soon experience unknown side effects, intense treatment regimens, and the emotional stress of an uncertain future as a result of clinical trial participation. Oncology nurses in all roles including clinical trials/research nurses, clinicians, educators, and advanced practice registered nurses play a critical role in addressing the quality-of-life concerns in this population. Palliative care can provide better symptom control and information on treatment options and facilitate a better understanding of patient/family goals. Attending to these factors can ultimately mean improved survival for the advanced cancer patient, and support for these patients can assist in advancing the field of oncology as these investigational therapies hold the promise for enhancing survival.

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