Cancer patients commonly experience multiple symptoms that are related to the tumor or the side effects of the treatment. Those symptoms are one of the major factors affect the patients' quality of life. This article described a 53 years old female who experienced severely nausea and vomiting while undergoing radiotherapy in the treatment of the third stage ovary cancer. During the nursing process, the Gordon 11-item functional health assessment was used to identify patients' problems. The results showed that the major nursing problems of the patient were as follows: self-care deficit, high risk for infection, altered family processes, and altered nutrition. In accordance with this patient's cancer symptoms of nausea and vomiting, an integrated approach to symptom management model (IASM) was also applied to further provide the strategies in the patient symptom management and improve the patient's self-care ability. The major objective of the care plan was to promote the patient's quality of life.
|Translated title of the contribution
|The Application of an IASM Model to a Cancer Patient with Nausea and Vomiting Symptoms
|Number of pages
|Published - 2004