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Dr Jan Pearson: Nurses' role in preventing cancer

When patients and their whanau experience a cancer journey – no matter what the outcome – they encounter the unknown, a frightening space and experience they did not think would happen to them.

Because cancer is not a single disease and each cancer experience is individual, outcomes can be hard to predict, and fear of the unknown during that journey and beyond can be overwhelming.

I hear from patients and whanau that what makes the biggest positive difference is whom they encounter and how they are communicated with during those interactions.

Nurses play the biggest role in these encounters, whether it is when there is the first suspicion of disease, during diagnosis, treatment, when providing care coordination, supportive or end-of life-care.

Nurses are the people who explain, empathise, sympathise, comfort, make sense of what is happening and facilitate the best outcome.

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We support Government's commitment to making Aotearoa New Zealand a smokefree nation by 2025.