Patients With A Cancer Is A Life Changing Moment For The Patient, Friends, And The Families

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Approach to Care Being diagnosed with a cancer is a life changing moment for the patient, friends and the families. "there are 10.9 million new cases, 6.7 million deaths and 24.6 million people living with cancer" (Simonelli & Andersen, 2007). "Cancer is the second leading cause of death except heart disease which is number one in the whole world" (Simonelli & Andersen, 2007). Another name for cancer is malignancy. "Cancer refers to group of diseases that involve uncontrolled cell growth" (Corner & Bailey, 2009). There are more than 100 types of cancer, including breast, skin, lung, pancreatic, ovarian, prostate. "If a tumor cells penetrated local tissues, lymphatics, or blood vessels, is a sign of malignancy with potential to metastasize"(Copstead, & Banasik, 2014 p.114). It takes some years for cancer to manifest without the person knowing, symptoms vary depending on the type. “Cancer treatment options include chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery" (WEBMD, 2014, p. 1). "About a third of all cancer deaths in the U.S are as a result of poor nutrition, overweight, lack of exercise” (Mertz, Oberleitner, Odle, & Carson-DeWitt, 2013). Some other causes are excessive fat intake, family history, occupational and environmental factors. Some signs and symptoms of cancer are: "fatigue, lump or thickened area felt under the skin, Sores that refused to heal, weight changes, hoarseness, persistent cough or breathing, persistent unexplained muscle or joint pain, bleeding,

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