Acute leukaemia: making sense of a complex blood cancer
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Meenaghan, Teresa, Dowling, Maura, & Kelly, Mary. (2012). Acute leukaemia: making sense of a complex blood cancer. British Journal of Nursing, 21(2), 76-83. doi: 10.12968/bjon.2012.21.2.76
Acute leukaemia represents a diverse group of blood cancers that affect both children and adults. Treatment schedules for these haematology cancers are often prolonged, with many associated side effects and complications. Nurses caring for patients with acute leukaemia require an anticipatory approach, where care is aimed at minimizing the side effects of treatment and being constantly vigilant for any impending adverse effects. Moreover, patients require support for the psychosocial issues that can arise for patients during their illness. This article provides an overview of acute lymphoblastic leukaemia and acute myeloid leukaemia. Nursing considerations in the care of patients being treated for acute leukaemia are also explored.