Building cancer nursing skills in a resource-constrained government hospital

R. M. Strother, Margaret Fitch, Peter Kamau, Kathy Beattie, Angela Boudreau, N. Busakhalla, P. J. Loehrer

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Cancer is a rising cause of morbidity and mortality in resource-constrained settings. Few places in the developing world have cancer care experts and infrastructure for caring for cancer patients; therefore, it is imperative to develop this infrastructure and expertise. A critical component of cancer care, rarely addressed in the published literature, is cancer nursing. This report describes an effort to develop cancer nursing subspecialty knowledge and skills in support of a growing resource-constrained comprehensive cancer care program in Western Kenya. This report highlights the context of cancer care delivery in a resourceconstrained setting, and describes one targeted intervention to further develop the skill set and knowledge of cancer care providers, as part of collaboration between developed world academic institutions and a medical school and governmental hospital in Western Kenya. Based on observations of current practice, practice setting, and resource limitations, a pragmatic curriculum for cancer care nursing was developed and implemented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2211-2215
Number of pages5
JournalSupportive Care in Cancer
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1 2012


  • Cancer
  • Cancer nursing
  • Western Kenya

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology

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    Strother, R. M., Fitch, M., Kamau, P., Beattie, K., Boudreau, A., Busakhalla, N., & Loehrer, P. J. (2012). Building cancer nursing skills in a resource-constrained government hospital. Supportive Care in Cancer, 20(9), 2211-2215.