The role of nursing in cervical cancer prevention and treatment

Authors

  • Linda White Hilton R.N., M.S.N.,

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    1. Office of the Special Assistant to the President for Patient Affairs, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas
    • Office of the Special Assistant to the President for Patient Affairs, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, 1515 Holcombe Blvd., Unit 351, Houston, TX
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  • Kathleen Jennings-Dozier Ph.D., M.P.H.,

    1. Department of Nursing Programs, College of Nursing and Health Professions, Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania and Hahnemann Medical College, Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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  • Patricia K. Bradley Ph.D., R.N., C.S.,

    1. College of Nursing, Villanova University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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  • Suzy Lockwood-Rayermann R.N., Ph.D.,

    1. Harris School of Nursing, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas
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  • Yvette DeJesus M.S.N., R.N., A.O.C.N.,

    1. Practice Outcomes Program, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas
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  • Diane L. Stephens B.S.N., M.S.N.,

    1. Nursing Education Office, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas
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  • Karen Rabel B.S.N., M.S.N., A.P.N.,

    1. Office of Protocol Research, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas
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  • Judith Sandella R.N.C., N.P., M.S.,

    1. Center for Biomedical Engineering, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas
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  • Alma Sbach R.N., M.S.N., C.S., F.N.P.,

    1. Center for Biomedical Engineering, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas
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  • Catarina Widmark R.N., R.M.

    1. Department of Nursing, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden
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Abstract

Nurses today assume multiple roles, such as patient advocate, care provider, and research investigator. At the Second International Conference on Cervical Cancer (April 11–14, 2002, Houston, TX), nurses presented original research describing these roles in the context of cervical cancer screening, prevention, and detection in the United States and Sweden; outlined the uses of practice guidelines; and suggested future directions for nursing research. In the 20th century, nurses expanded their patient care responsibilities and promoted cancer control by expanding their skills. Some sought to broaden the spectrum of care by investigating cervical cancer screening disparities, behavioral aspects of screening, and differences between the stated purposes of screening programs and those of the nurse-midwives operating them. In the 21st century, nurses interested in cervical cancer control expect to broaden the scope of their care and their research roles further by continuing to improve training, advocating screening (and increased education about screening), and helping to establish new sources of funding for research. Cancer 2003;98(9 Suppl):2070–2074. © 2003 American Cancer Society.

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