Now and Forever
Oncology Nursing

. :  Karen Woodworth & Terra Thibault – Capital Health Cancer Care Program, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Terra Thibault and Karen Woodworth

Transitioning from active treatment to survivorship can be a distressing time for many people. Luckily several passionate oncology nurses that work in the Capital Health Cancer Care Program in Halifax were happy to become involved in a new patient education initiative called “Living Beyond Cancer- What Happens Now ”. The purpose of the monthly session is to help  provide information to patients and families on what they can expect as they transition out of active cancer treatment and into recovery and survivorship. ask google . It provides opportunity for patients to learn more about what happens after cancer treatment, to ask the cancer team questions about their follow up care and to meet other cancer survivors.

The 3 hour session is held for registered participants in Halifax and streamed live via telehealth to hospitals across Nova Scotia.  An oncology nurse helps facilitate the class and several oncology nurses take turns presenting on the late effects of chemotherapy and cancer treatment. Topics such a sexual health, brain fog  and hormonal therapy are also covered by nursing.

The session is presented by a variety of health care providers including oncology nurses, radiation therapists, social workers, physiotherapists, dietitians and spiritual care providers… and is a true demonstration of people working together to help meet the needs of our patients and families!

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