Evaluation Of A Old End Stage Cancer Patient

1141 WordsDec 9, 20155 Pages
As I was about to round off my shift 7am to 3:15pm, on 7/31/2015, I received a call from the admission office that I should prepare for a 75year old end stage cancer patient As I was preparing for the admission the patient was brought in on a stretcher with her family. The patient was admitted for back pain and loss of weight. It was diagnosed that “Miriam” had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and was given three months to live. She has two siblings who live far apart, one in New York and the other in Georgia. She used to live with her daughter in Georgia until she began complaining of back pain and losing weight. Upon admission to the facility her daughter was convinced that Miriam had less than ninety days to live. The primary…show more content…
People with certain risk factors may be more likely than others to develop cancer of the pancreas. Some risk factors that may increase the chance of getting cancer of the pancreas include smoking tobacco, the most important risk factor for pancreatic cancer. People with diabetes, family history with pancreatic cancer increases the risk of developing the disease, inflammation of the pancreas and having pancreatitis for a long time. Overweight or obese people may likely than other people to develop pancreatic cancer. Possible risk factors being studied include, diet high in animal fat and heavy drinking of alcoholic beverages. “Another area of active research is whether certain genes increase the risk of disease. Many people who get pancreatic cancer have none of these risk factors, and many people who have known risk factors don’t develop the disease”.(pg. 7). Signs and Symptoms from early to late stages include; Dark urine, pale stools, and yellow skin and eyes from jaundice, Nausea and vomiting, frequent bowel movement, Pain in the upper part of your belly and pain in the middle part of your back, relieved by a shift in position, Others may include weakness or feeling very tired with loss of appetite or feelings of fullness and weight loss. Pancreatic cancer can be diagnosis by having a blood tests, CT scan, an x-ray, ultrasound and endoscopy. Physical exam may examine abdominal changes in areas near the pancreas, liver,
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