the types of head and neck carcinomas
You are a 2-year graduate of an accredited AGACNP master’s program. You are now a certified AGACNP practicing on a very busy inpatient oncology unit.
Your patient is s 45-year-old male with head/neck cancer. This is a new diagnosis, but the patient has lost over 60 pounds in the past 4 months due to dysphagia, malnutrition, and intractable pain. He is currently NPO due to risk of aspiration.
- Malignancy, cytology results, and type of cancer markers, if available.
- How this is cancer diagnosed.
- The key complications for which you must be watchful.
- How you will manage this unique and very difficult patient with regard to pain management, airway, cosmetics, and psychological concerns.
- Which nutritional interventions would be important for this patient?