Much of the treatment for oesophageal cancer is provided on an outpatient basis. A range of social and community supports are critical for the ongoing support of people while undergoing treatment for oesophageal cancer.
Family members and carers are a key component of this support. These family members will also often experience significant fear, anxiety, feelings of uncertainty and hopelessness as a result of the challenges associated with treatment for oesophageal cancer.14
Family members also require support and information to deal with the uncertainty and sequelae of oesophageal cancer and its management.14, 31
Burt's daughter Jenny visits him in hospital.
Burt’s story 4: during treatment
Burt indicated that he would use Meals on Wheels. Explore the services available in your local area to meet the needs of people like Burt and identify:
- The extent these services are able to meet the needs of individuals requiring special meals
- The process for referral to such services
- The likely costs of such services to the individual and/or the referring health care service.
Design a plan for how you would assess the needs of family and carers of a person with oesophageal cancer.
Reflect on circumstances in Burt's case and/or your own clinical experiences when there has been family conflict. Identify strategies that may be used to effectively manage these circumstances.
Formulate strategies you would use as an SCN to support Jenny at this point in Burt's cancer journey.