Revista Brasileira de Enfermagem
Print version ISSN 0034-7167
On-line version ISSN 1984-0446
SILVA, Valéria Costa Evangelista da and ZAGO, Márcia Maria Fontão. The cancer diagnosis disclosure for the patient and healthcare professionals. Rev. bras. enferm. [online]. 2005, vol.58, n.4, pp.476-480. ISSN 0034-7167. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0034-71672005000400019.
The disclosure of the cancer diagnosis is considered a crucial moment and the way healthcare professionals communicate it interferes directly in patient's relationship with his/her diagnosis. The study aims to discuss about the importance of the disclosure of the cancer diagnosis for the patient and for the health professionals. The methodology is an essay. The discussion begins with works perspectives which involves health professionals' interaction with the patient and cancer diagnosis disclosure presenting the difficulties lived by both as well as nursing performance in this process. The difficult task of revealing the diagnosis can diverge in each one's experience field and health professionals should be prepared to act in an effective way by taking into account patient's cultural, social and psychological background related to the way the information is communicated to them.
Keywords : Neoplasms; Professional-patient relations; Nursing.