Nurses’ Role in Prevention and Relief the Symptom of Mucositis among Cancer Patients Received Chemotherapy

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Nannapat Imrittha Apinya Koontalay Wanida Phraephasa

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Chemotherapy is applicable treatment with almost all kinds of cancer that doctors prefer to choose as main principle choice or use as co-treatment with other treatments. Thus, chemotherapy will be mixed by pharmacist but the process of applying chemotherapy is still the role of nurses. Some hospitals have particular patient’s ward for caring patients while receiving chemotherapy treatment but often found some chemotherapy processes by patients’ ward. However, it has been known all along that chemotherapy has many aspects of side effect to patients, such as lose of image from hair loss, dry skin, nausea and vomiting, fatigue and the most important of complication is Mucositis. Wounds that have negative affect to quality life and created depressive disorders to cancer patients that have received chemotherapy. Mucositis symptom has wounds that need care from nurses in applying roles of health prevention, health promotion and cooperative cares when having Mucositis. For caring processes that focus on holistic as according to individual, nurses that provide chemotherapy treatment to patients must stay in caring closely, understand and sympathize and ready to perform nursing roles in order to reduce pain, unhappiness and reduce many complications for patients’ safety, satisfying with the services, create body strength, patients’ psychosocial, reduce death ratio and increase good quality of life to patients. Therefore, nurses had studied for many procedures to prevent and relieve the symptom of Mucositis which are desirable roles performance of nurses. Thus, author wrote this article in order to be body of knowledge in Nursing Sciences and for nurses to bring to apply continuously with patients’ caring in Mucositis symptom prevention and relief of cancer patients who are receiving chemotherapy treatment in accordance with appropriate context.

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