Nursing Care for Adolescents with Cancer Relapse Receiving Palliative Care

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Thipkasorn Wannaphak

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This article is aimed at providing nursing  care for adolescents  with cancer relapse  receiving palliative care due to their physical and mental suffering. The relapse is considered a severe condition as the cancer cell has spread to other organs which are often incurable, depending on the patients’ health. Adolescents with cancer relapse often encountered late effects from the previous treatment as well as side effects from chemotherapy in the new treatment which results in deterioration in health. Intensive treatment for patients in this group is difficult to success and also decrease the quality of patient’s life. Palliative care as patients need with focus on pain release, eliminating the suffering from cancer and prevent the complications of cancer are a better way. The adolescents with cancer relapse are different from healthy adolescents  and adolescents cancer and therefore need to make every effort to survive as well as requiring specific treatments in various aspects resulting from the relapse and palliative care to correspond with disease progression with a small chance of being cured and the ability to face issues on physical, mental, spiritual and social conditions to be able to live a quality life with relapse in an appropriate manner.

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