Joanne saw fear melt away, the message sink in. "After two weeks, Bill came back a fighter. He was ready to tackle his new job, of fighting advanced prostate cancer in partnership with his healthcare team," she says.
BEYOND BEING YOUR TEAM'S EYES AND EARS, HERE ARE MORE KEY ROLES ONCOLOGY NURSES (ONs) PLAY:
THE GLUE: You'll have up to 9 (or more!) pros on your healthcare team. ONs play a vital role in coordinating all the moving people and parts of your treatment.
TRUTH DETECTOR: ONs have the unique vantage point of being on the “front lines” of patient treatment, as they get to spend a lot of time with the patients and get to know them well. Treatments wiping you out? Side effects taking a toll? ONs often know, even if you don't say. "Men tend to sweep symptoms under the rug. We know. And get to the truth anyway."
MASTER EXPLAINER: Your ON knows your full treatment plan and can walk you through, step by step.
CONSTANT COMPANION: Whomever you're visiting at the clinic, your ON is likely to pop by to see you. "Men may not be as open as women, but their anxieties, fears, frustrations…their needs are the same." Your ON is with you on this journey, the friendly face you can count on.
As told by Joanne M. Vanak, RN, MSN, Oncology nurse.