A client fears chemotherapy because of the side effects. What is the nurse’s bestresponse to the client’s concerns?
1. “Your health has been excellent. It’s unlikely that you’ll experience serious side effects.”
2. “We’ll give you medications to prevent the side effects, so you shouldn’t be too concerned.”
3. “Each person responds differently to chemotherapy treatments. We’ll monitor your responses closely.”
4. “It’s important for you to accept this treatment. If you refuse your chemotherapy treatments, you’ll die.”
It is normal for the client who is beginning chemotherapy to be anxious and fearful about possible side effects. It is important that the nurse listen to theclient’s concerns, correct any misconceptions, and explain the supportive care that will be provided during the chemotherapy treatments. The client needs to understand that individuals do respond differently to the treatments, and the experience may be very different from those of other people. A previously excellent health record does not necessarily ensure that the client will not experience side effects. Medications may lessen but not prevent the side effects, so client concerns should not be dismissed. Telling the client that he or she will die if treatment is refused does nothing to allay fears and concerns.
CN: Psychosocial adaptation; CL: Synthesize