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The role of the nurse in meeting the educational needs for self-care in cachectic cancer patients and their family caregivers: A scoping review.

To give an overview of what is known about the nurse contribution to education in self-care by people with cancer cachexia and their family caregivers. Nurse-led patient education can help patients and their family caregivers to manage cancer symptoms, cancer treatments, and treatment side effects.

This scoping review explored the extent to which nurse-led education has become part of the multimodal management of cancer cachexia. It is based on a systematic search of Medline, Embase, CINAHL, APA PsycINFO, and the Cochrane Library.

Search limits were English language, date ranges from January 2015 to March 2023, and adults 18 years and older. A total of 6370 titles were screened, 127 papers and conference abstracts were selected for full-text examination, and 9 publications were included in the review.

The analysis found the nurses within the multidisciplinary cancer cachexia care team, like other healthcare professionals, do not have a shared understanding of cancer cachexia and its management. For nurses to be confident and competent in the provision of nurse-led cachexia education, they themselves need evidence-based education in cachexia care and how to tailor education according to cachexia stage, symptoms, emotional response, and social circumstance.

Nurses with the knowledge and confidence to provide cancer cachexia education for their patients can potentially play an important role in the management of cancer cachexia and mitigation of cachexia-related problems.

Jane B Hopkinson


Graduate School of Health Care Sciences, Jikei Institute



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