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Nursing issues
Hope is a crucial factor for patients facing cancer treatment
  1. Ana C M Dos Santos1,
  2. Karol F de Farias2
  1. 1 Nursing, Faculdade Regional da Bahia, Salvador, Brazil
  2. 2 Nursing, Universidade Federal de Alagoas - Campus Arapiraca, Arapiraca, Alagoas, Brazil
  1. Correspondence to Dr Ana C M Dos Santos, Faculdade Regional da Bahia, Salvador, Brazil; anacaroline12305{at}

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Commentary on: Nierop-van Baalen C, Grypdonck M, Van Hecke A, et al. Associated factors of hope in cancer patients during treatment: a systematic literature review. J Adv Nurs 2020; 00:1–18.

Implications for practice and research

  • In clinical practice, nurses need to focus on factors related to the management of hope levels in patients undergoing cancer treatment.

  • Cohort studies and clinical trials considering the implications of clinical characteristics and levels of hope, in advanced cancer as well as studies with children, are necessary.


Hope is a multidimensional and dynamic mental process; it consists of the relationship between motivational energy and strategies, visions, plans to achieve long-term goals. All of these components are necessary for the normal functioning of hope. One of the factors that should be considered in assisting patients who are undergoing cancer treatment involves …

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  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.