Florence Nightingale Journal of Nursing
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Palliative Care in Patients with Hematological Malignancies

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Adult Bone Marrow Transplantation Unit, Acıbadem Altunizade Hospital, Nurse in Charge, İstanbul, Turkey

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Adult Bone Marrow Transplantation Unit, Acıbadem Altunizade Hospital, Master Degree Psychologist, İstanbul, Turkey

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Freelance Dentist, Master’s Degree, İstanbul, Turkey

Florence Nightingale J Nurs 2023; 31: Special 59-65
DOI: 10.5152/FNJN.2023.23046
Read: 687 Downloads: 311 Published: 01 April 2023

Palliative care is an attempt to improve the quality of life of patients and their relatives who have lost the chance of a cure. Interventions to improve the quality of life of patients include physical, mental, and psychosocial problems. It is known that symptoms such as pain, fatigue, loss of appetite, and feeling unwell, which often cause deterioration in quality of life, are improved with palliative care support. It is seen that palliative care support, which is mostly recommended in the end-of-life period of patients with solid tumors, is not recommended for patients with hematological malignancies. In fact, patients with hematological malignancies face physical, mental, and economic difficulties due to the intense treatment protocols required for their disease and the side effects of the treatments. Compared to patients with solid tumors, patients with hematological malignancies have a higher frequency of hospitalization and intensive care unit admission. For these reasons, our aim is to define the palliative care needs of patients with hematologic malignancies, understand the barriers to palliative care and end-of-life care, and offer solutions to improve the quality of life and care of patients with hematologic malignancies.

Cite this article as: Erdal, S., Arslan, E. N., & Tandoruk, M. S. (2023). Palliative care in patients with hematological malignancies. Florence Nightingale Journal of Nursing, 31(S1), 59-65.

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