Data are presented to indicate that the Nurse Oncologist in a local community can serve a role comparable to that of a similar individual in an urban cancer center. From July 1, 1976 to December 31, 1977, 328 patients with malignancies presented to a 46-physician clinic in central Iowa.
As the Nurse Oncologist, my responsibilities include assisting with daily inpatient diagnostic and treatment regimens. My clinic responsibilities include patients histories, nursing assessment, protocol calculations, chemotherapy administration, participation in tumor clinics and patient-family teaching. The effectiveness of this involvement may be assessed by reviewing the results of therapy with which I am involved. Patients with lymphomas and carcinomas of the breast, colon, and lung have been selected for this purpose.
The results are comparable to those described in the oncological literature. Thus, the Nurse Oncologist at the local level serves a vital role by providing quality care and allowing patients to remain close to family and friends.