Getting Started with Cancer Treatments
Hearing that you need treatment for your cancer likely brings many questions to mind. How is treatment given? What does the treatment do? How am I going to feel? Can I bring a visitor? Getting Started is an educational session led by a nurse educator or advanced practice provider to answer these questions and more.
Education is an essential part of treatment and we encourage you to attend a session prior to starting your treatment. Your Compass team wants you to feel more comfortable with the treatment and involved in your care. Getting Started will provide you with information about what to expect the day of treatment and the days following.
Side effects discussed during a Getting Started session:
- Hair loss
- Bowel changes
- Skin changes
- Mouth changes
- Chemo brain
- Peripheral neuropathy
- Mental health changes
Additional topics discussed:
- What is cancer
- How does treatment work
- What to expect day of treatment
Heather Wood, RN, BSN, OCN, is Compass' Clinical Nurse Educator. Heather has been an oncology nurse since 2009. Her goal is to do everything possible to make a difficult journey easier and education is an essential part of that goal.
Please contact the Compass office where your oncologist is located and request to schedule a Getting Started session today.