Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Student Scholarship

Date Written

Summer 7-27-2016

Document Type

Project

Course Number

NURS 5330

Course Name

Advanced Pathophysiology

Professor’s Name

Dr. John Chovan

Keywords

Neutropenia, Chemotherapy, Cancer, Pathophysiology, Oncology, Sepsis

Subject Categories

Medicine and Health Sciences | Nursing

Abstract

Available treatment options for patients diagnosed with cancer include surgery, the administration of chemotherapeutic agents, radiation therapy, or a combination of these modalities. Chemotherapeutic agents utilized to treat cancer have a variety of potential side effects. One of the most common and well known side effects associated with the administration of chemotherapeutic agents is neutropenia. Neutropenia places oncology patients at an increased risk of contracting infections which may lead to a life threatening complication known as sepsis. Sepsis is an extremely dangerous oncologic emergency requiring prompt medical treatment. Failure to recognize symptoms associated with sepsis in the neutropenic patient and initiate appropriate medical treatment significantly increases the risk of patient mortality.

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