Substance Use and Addiction Stigma in Oncology Patients

September 11th 2020

Contemporary Clinic spoke with Gretchen McNally, nurse practitioner of hematology at Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital, about substance use disorder in oncology patients and addiction stigma.

Contemporary Clinic spoke with Gretchen McNally, nurse practitioner of hematology at Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital, about substance use disorder in oncology patients and addiction stigma.

With her immense background in substance use and abuse, McNally started to notice patients using cocaine, alcohol, and other substances in her own experience and the poor patient outcomes rooting from it.

This made her determined to do something to help these patients, as every encounter with a health care provider is an opportunity to improve outcomes for people with addiction, according to McNally.

McNally also discussed how nurse practitioners can support patient care during COVID-19, how to further stop the stigma surrounding addiction, and what she hopes to see for the future of nurse practitioners in the oncology landscape.

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