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Chemotherapy patients need self-management tuition

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Breast cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy for the first time should be taught by nurses to manage possible side effects to reduce anxiety and uncertainty about their condition, according to a study.

Scientists at the Taipei Veterans General Hospital in Taiwan studied the effectiveness of nurse-led interventions aimed at instructing patients to self-manage complications caused by their treatment. They found the instruction improved the mental wellbeing of the patients by the sixth chemotherapy cycle.

Consequently, the researchers recommended that nurses should provide structured, evidence-based tuition to reduce the stress placed on patients and their families while they undergo treatment.

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