Oncology nurses include Registered Nurses and Licensed Practical Nurses who have additional education in cancer care. Nurses in the SAH-CSI work within:
- Clinical Trials
- Pain & Symptom Management and Palliative Care Programs
- Radiation Therapy
- Systemic Therapy (Chemotherapy)
Nurse Practitioners also work alongside some oncologists at SAHCSI.
Nurses provide care to patients and families throughout the cancer experience, including health assessment, patient education, symptom and side effect management, care coordination and support. Some nurses administer chemotherapy and provide care to those patients, while other nurses provide care to patients receiving radiation therapy and other treatments. All nurses work together to provide the best overall care.
Many patients will meet an oncology nurse on their first visit to BC Cancer and on an ongoing basis while receiving treatment and care.
During your treatments and while you are in the centre, you will have access to a nurse if you are experiencing side effects or have questions.
If you are not in the centre, you still have access to a nurse during regular business hours by phoning into the Cancer Centre to speak with a nurse. If your concerns require another health care professional, the nurse will make a referral to the proper person to help you.