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How to Support a Patient with a New Cancer Diagnosis

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Course Overview

How to Support a Patient with a New Cancer Diagnosis
Marybeth Anderson Keppler author

Author: Marybeth Anderson Keppler

Cancer, the second leading cause of death both in the United States and the world, is responsible for Cancer, the second leading cause of death both in the United States and the world, is responsible for approximately 10 million deaths each year, including over 600,000 annual cancer deaths in the U.S. (1, 2). By the year 2040, conservative estimates are that there will be over 27 million new cancer cases and over 16 million deaths globally each year due to longer life expectancy and aging populations (1). With this inundation of cancer — 4 new cases and one death each minute in the U.S. alone — nurses need to be prepared to help their patients cope with a new cancer diagnosis (3).  

This course is designed to walk nurses through the basics of cancer, the impact of the diagnosis on a patient, and resources for the patient and for the nurse’s future reference. 

Course Outline

  1. Introduction 
  2. Cancer Today
  3. Dealing with a New Cancer Diagnosis: A Case Study 
  4. Supporting a Patient with a New Cancer Diagnosis
  5. “Why isn’t there a cure for cancer yet?” 
  6. Cancer Treatment 
  7. Now What?
  8. Conclusion 
  9. References  

Accreditation Statement

Nursing CE Central LLC is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

In this course we will discuss how nurses can support their patients upon receiving a new cancer diagnosis. It will take the average learner 150 minutes to complete.

Course Outcomes

After completing this course, the learner will rate 4 out of 5 on the Likert Scale for their ability to:

  1. Identify the most common causes of cancer, both in terms of cases and deaths. 
  2. Describe current trends in cancer prevalence. 
  3. Explain ways to help a patient cope with a new cancer diagnosis. 
  4. List some preventable causes of cancer and prophylactic measures to take. 
  5. Identify resources for patients, family members, and fellow nurses in dealing with cancer. 

Target Audience

  • Registered Nurses (RN)
  • Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN)
  • Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN/LVN)

Requirement for Completion

  1. Enrollment in the course by the learner
  2. Read and learn all course materials
  3. Complete the course evaluation
  4. Attest and testify learning of the course materials

Accreditations + Approvals

  • American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) (P0614)
  • California Board of Registered Nursing (CEP 17418)
  • Kentucky Board of Nursing (7-0090)
  • Louisiana State Board of Nursing (58)
  • New York State Department of Education (IC 208)
  • Florida Board of Nursing (50-23983)

Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationships

Nursing CE Central nor any of the authors, planners, content experts, or any contributors have any relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies to disclose.

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Course created on: May 28, 2021

Course Expires on: May 28, 2024

Course Offering: #78