Story Starter: Oncology Nursing at Memorial Sloan Kettering

Oncology nursing was born at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. These highly specialized nurses care for patients with particular types of cancer and provide a variety of services, from administering therapies to offering emotional support. They also provide education to cancer patients and their families regarding the various types of treatment and help patients manage pain and the side effects of radiation and chemotherapy treatments used to fight their disease.

The Oncology Nurses Society notes that these specially trained and certified nurses have a vital role in the link between the oncologist and the patient's caregiver at home. Our oncology nurses are integral members of each patient’s cancer care team, and are often the ones with whom patients will have the most contact. Members of our nursing staff are available to discuss the importance of nursing and can share their inspirational stories.

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