Being diagnosed with cancer is certainly a terrifying and life-changing event. The impact of cancer on one's life is relative to the extent of disruption and change experienced. Some patients under treatment continue to work or care for their families, facing life, using available resources. It is the nurse’s ability to provide education to the patient and family members across the treatment continuum by guiding the patient in adjusting to the truth of the illness in order to reduce anxiety and improve coping skills. It is the nurse’s role to perform thorough assessment and apply intervention that will promote positive impact on patient outcomes. If you are interested in nursing care for cancer patients and families then a career in oncology is right for you.