• Acute leukaemia: making sense of a complex blood cancer.

      Meenaghan, Teresa; Dowling, Maura; Kelly, Mary; Haematology Department, Galway University Hospital, and School of Nursing and Midwifery, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland. (2012)
      Acute leukaemia represents a diverse group of blood cancers that affect both children and adults. Treatment schedules for these haematology cancers are often prolonged, with many associated side effects and complications. Nurses caring for patients with acute leukaemia require an anticipatory approach, where care is aimed at minimizing the side effects of treatment and being constantly vigilant for any impending adverse effects. Moreover, patients require support for the psychosocial issues that can arise for patients during their illness. This article provides an overview of acute lymphoblastic leukaemia and acute myeloid leukaemia. Nursing considerations in the care of patients being treated for acute leukaemia are also explored.
    • Home administration of bortezomib: making a difference to myeloma patients' lives.

      Meenaghan, Teresa; O'Dwyer, Michael; Hayden, Patrick; Hayat, Amjad; Murray, Margaret; Dowling, Maura; St Josephs Ward, Galway University Hospital, Newcastle Road, Galway, Ireland. onc.haematology@hse.ie (2010-04)
    • Living with relapsed myeloma: Symptoms and self-care strategies.

      Cormican, Orlaith; Dowling, Maura (2018-04-01)
      Aims and Objectives To explore which symptoms relapsed myeloma patients experience and what self‐care strategies are used. Methods This was a qualitative study utilising focus group interviews (n = 4) with relapsed myeloma patients (n = 15) and carers (n = 9). The focus groups were analysed and guided by thematic analysis. Results Three major themes with subthemes were identified following analysis of the interview data: “difficult symptoms; “self‐care” and “feeling vulnerable.” These findings indicate the challenges relapsed myeloma patients experience with ongoing symptoms and highlight the importance of continuity of care. Conclusions Symptom management for myeloma patients remains complex due to the array of treatments given. These patients require holistic care and thorough regular assessments to help them cope with the adverse effects on their physical and psychological health. For patients with a long‐term diagnosis of myeloma, self‐management workshops and regular education sessions may be of benefit.
    • Survivorship care for postmenopausal breast cancer patients in Ireland: What do women want?

      Meade, Elizabeth; McIlfatrick, Sonja; Groarke, Ann Marie; Butler, Eimear; Dowling, Maura (Elsevier, 2017-06)
      The aim of this study was to identify the concerns of postmenopausal breast cancer patients in Ireland and inform the development of a survivorship care plan.