NRSG370 Assessment Task 2: Case Study – Oncology

NRSG370 Assessment Task 2: Case Study – Oncology

Melody King, 36, Colon Cancer

Ms. Melody King presented to the Emergency department with severe Left Lower Quadrant abdominal pain, which required emergency laparoscopic surgery for removal of a ruptured appendix.

Past medical history:

  • Asthma;
  • Depression

  • Ventolin;
  • Seretide;

Post operatively Melody developed peritonitis and was treated with antibiotics and analgesia successfully. On day 3 post -op Melody’s biopsy of the appendix tissue was returned revealing the presence of adenocarcinoma.

Melody will need to remain in hospital a few more days to have a number of further diagnostic tests, including:

  • CT scan of the chest, abdomen and pelvis;
  • MRI of the abdomen and pelvis;
  • Blood tests for tumour markers CEA, CA -125, and CA 19 -9.


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