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Revista Latino-Americana de Enfermagem

On-line version ISSN 1518-8345

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SANTOS, Míria Conceição Lavinas; PAGLIUCA, Lorita Marlena Freitag  and  FERNANDES, Ana Fátima Carvalho. Palliative care to the cancer patient: reflections according to Paterson and Zderad's view. Rev. Latino-Am. Enfermagem [online]. 2007, vol.15, n.2, pp.350-354. ISSN 1518-8345.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0104-11692007000200024.

This reflective study presents the approach of the Nursing Palliative Care to the cancer patient without therapeutic possibility according to the Paterson and Zderad's Humanistic Nursing Theory. The palliative care aims to provide the patient without therapeutic possibility and his family better quality of life. When the nurse, in addition to delivering palliative care to the cancer patient, uses the Humanistic Theory, (s)he starts to recognize each person as a singular existence. This recognition permits one to understand the person's meaning in the process of his(er) disease.

Keywords : neoplasms; hospice care.

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