Cancers of the Female Reproductive Tract
1.The nurse educator has been asked by a local women’s cancer support group to speak with their daughters and granddaughters about cervical cancer. (Learning Objectives 1, 2, 3, and 4)
- What are the identified risk factors for cervical cancer? What can be done to decrease the risk for development of cervical cancer?
- What screening test should women have, and how often, for cervical cancer? Does this change with age?
- Once a woman is diagnosed with cervical cancer, what are the treatment options?
- What is the most common cancer of the reproductive tract? What can be done to decrease the risk factors for all female cancers?
2. Janet is a 67-year-old Caucasian client coming to your office today to receive her test results after being seen a week ago for complaints of pelvic and abdominal discomfort, urinary frequency and urgency, and abdominal bloating despite not eating much. You are in the room with Janet when her doctor enters the room and gives Janet the diagnosis of probable ovarian cancer. He wants to schedule surgery immediately. He leaves you and Janet to discuss the situation and come up with a decision regarding immediate surgery. Janet is stunned and has a lot of questions. (Learning Objectives 2, 3, and 6)
- Janet wants to know how she got ovarian cancer. How would you explain the etiology to Janet in terms she can understand?
- Janet wants to know what this means. Janet asks “Am I going to die from this?” What are the treatment options and prognosis for ovarian cancer to Janet?
- As the nurse caring for Janet, how can you support her and her family as they journey through this event?