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Educational needs of self-care in cachectic cancer patients and caregivers

Hopkinson, Jane B. ORCID: 2023. Educational needs of self-care in cachectic cancer patients and caregivers. Current Opinion in Oncology 35 (4) , pp. 254-260. 10.1097/CCO.0000000000000948

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Purpose of review To give an overview of what is known about the educational component of supportive care for people with cancer cachexia and their family caregivers. Recent findings The educational needs for self-care by people with cancer cachexia are largely unmet. There is potential for education to enable self-care that mitigates cachexia-related distress with benefit to quality of life and mitigates malnutrition/malnutrition risk with implications for treatment tolerance and outcomes. Theoretically informed approaches to cancer cachexia education for patients and their family members are needed if optimal methods for support of self-care are to be identified. The cancer workforce also needs education to have the confidence and knowledge to play a role in the cancer cachexia education of their patients. Summary To address the educational needs of self-care in cachectic cancer patients and their caregivers, there is much work to do. Healthcare professionals need to know the best educational process and methods for cachexia for supporting quality of life and to facilitate improving cancer treatment outcomes including survival.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Healthcare Sciences
Publisher: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins
ISSN: 1040-8746
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 June 2023
Date of Acceptance: 18 April 2023
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2024 11:51

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