Nursing care of patients undergoing isolated limb procedures for recurrent melanoma of the extremity.


Journal Article

Isolated limb perfusion and isolated limb infusion are surgical interventions that provide high-dose regional chemotherapy to patients experiencing a recurrence of melanoma in an extremity. Nurses may be unfamiliar with these treatment options, as they are not available in all hospitals; however, the number of people diagnosed with melanoma is increasing. It is important for nurses to understand these surgical procedures to provide safe high-quality care before and after the surgery. Currently, there are several gaps in our knowledge about patients' experiences or nurse-sensitive outcomes. There are abundant opportunities for nurses to improve the care of patients who undergo surgical interventions to manage melanoma in the extremity.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Ashton, KS

Published Date

  • April 2012

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 27 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 94 - 109

PubMed ID

  • 22443922

Pubmed Central ID

  • 22443922

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1532-8473

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1089-9472

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.jopan.2012.01.005


  • eng