Ineffective Coping Mechanisms and Stage 5 Pancreatic Cancer Research Paper by Nicky

A look at negative coping mechanisms of those suffering from advanced pancreatic cancer.
# 150748 | 2,159 words | 15 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on Apr 01, 2012 in Medical and Health (Medical Studies) , Medical and Health (Nursing)

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This paper examines a case study peer reviewed literature to explore some of the coping mechanisms for the manifestations of terminal pancreatic cancer. According to the paper, these mechanisms are largely unsuccessful or ineffective for patients dealing with the profound circumstances surrounding this terminal illness. First, the paper presents an overview of the disease and its progression. Then, it discusses the depression pancreatic cancer patients often deal with and its link to pain. Some recommendations are made to improve the patient's emotional state, particularly from a nursing perspective. This is also demonstrated through a case study. The paper concludes by recommending the need for continued and expanded research involving the different specialties in nursing and oncology to better serve patients and their families.


The Case Study: History and Physical (H&P)
Depression and Pain: A Link
The Nursing Element in Terminal Illness
Terminal Illness, Patient and Family
Summary and Conclusion

From the Paper:

"Adenocarcinoma is the most common form of pancreatic cancer, accounting for 95% of the cases reported (Unversity of Texas, 2009, found online). It involves the cells that secrete digestive enzymes (2009), and, like other cancers, metastasizes to other related organs, like the pancreas. The symptoms include: jaundice, a noticeable change in the color of urine and, or, stool; pain, when tumors press against nerves; indigestion, nausea, lack of appetite and weight loss; sudden onset diabetes or a sudden change in blood sugar levels warranting intervention (2009). As the symptoms of pancreatic cancer manifest, it might be anticipated that the patient begins to look for coping mechanisms. The mechanisms are ineffective; perhaps because the most prevalent conditions linked with the disease is depression suffered by pancreatic cancer patients, which is not well understood (Makrilia, Indeck, Syrigos, and Wasif Saif, 2009, found online). If the side effect of the disease is poorly understood, then it would follow that therapeutic interventions designed to help pancreatic cancer patients cope with the disease are likewise poorly designed and ineffective."

Sample of Sources Used:

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