Care of a patient with Colon Cancer
Juan Martinez, a 52-year-old male, had a routine screening colonoscopy last week. He was asked to come into office for the results this morning. Mr. Martinez was diagnosed with colon cancer and is scheduled for surgery to remove the tumor in 2 days.
What psychosocial concerns should the nurse anticipate in caring for Mr. Martinez and his family? With whom should the nurse collaborate in the provision of Interprofessional care?
Mr. Martinez has the surgery and is recovering without complications. His oncologist has discussed radiation therapy with Mr. Rodriquez and his wife. When the nurse comes into his room, Mr. Martinez says, I thought all the cancer was gone when they took the tumor out! Now the doctor says I need radiation therapy. My friend had radiation therapy and he had burns! I dont want burns!
What actions should the nurse take to address Mr. Martinezs concerns?
Four years later, Mr. Martinez is back in the hospital with a bowel obstruction. He has been cancer-free since the surgery and radiation therapies were completed. Mr. Martinez states The doctor said this bowel obstruction was caused by the surgery or the radiation. How can that be?