Cancer Essay

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Define Cancer: malignant neoplasm, is a broad group of various diseases, all involving unregulated cell growth. In cancer, cells divide and grow uncontrollably, forming malignant tumors, and invade nearby parts of the body. The cancer may also spread to more distant parts of the body through the lymphatic system or bloodstream. Not all tumors are cancerous. Benign tumors do not grow uncontrollably, do not invade neighboring tissues, and do not spread throughout the body. Cancer Causes/risk factors: Chemo/Radiation safety: Avoid unnecessary contact and maximize distance from the patient and/or implant site whenever possible. b. The patient’s chart and/or door signage will list details of the radiation therapy. c. Limit visitors to non-pregnant individuals who are 18 years of age or older. Visitors should remain at least six (6) feet from the patient or behind the 2 mR/hr line. d. Care is needed when handling dressing or linen changes: Brachytherapy implants - observe soiled dressings and linens for dislodged seeds. Collect soiled dressings and linens in labeled container for survey by Radiation Safety Office staff. Wear special gloves, goggles, and gowns when preparing and giving you chemotherapy. Define: Cure, Control, Palliation as they relate to cancer. Palliative care is care given to improve the quality of life of patients who have a serious or life-threatening disease, such as cancer. The goal of palliative care is to prevent or treat, as early as possible, the symptoms and side effects of the disease and its treatment, in addition to the related psychological, social, and spiritual problems. The goal is not to cure. Palliative care is also called comfort care, and symptom management. Cancer control is a collaborative process through which a community pools resources to reduce the burden of cancer that results in risk reduction, early detection, better

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