Working in oncology and palliative care for close to a decade brings close to home just how devastating a cancer diagnosis can be. Successful treatment of early stage cancer and management of advanced disease for better quality of life lightens the load for not just the patient and family, but us as health care workers. The length of treatment builds bonds between the clients and us; their survival is our joy. We feel it all as well, the fear, hope, faith and will to live. Cancer management is a team effort, from awareness and prevention through treatment to palliative and end-of-life care.
Zambia Oncology Nurses Society