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A case study of a 68 year old patient admitted to undego a bowel resection resulting in the formation of a colostomy

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  • Submitted: 01/12/2008
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University Degree Nursing

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BSc/BSc Honours in Nursing

Tayside Institute for Health Studies

Module HE0808A - Adult Nursing

Case Study - "Mr. Jones is a 68 year old gentleman who has been diagnosed as suffering from colorectal cancer. He has been admitted to your surgical ward to undergo a bowel resection, which will also result in the formation of a colostomy"

Matriculation Number: - 0605304

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Introduction

Background

Colorectal cancer is the second most common cause of cancer-related deaths in the UK (Brooker, 2005); and this paper aims to discuss the treatment and care of a 68 year old gentleman who has been admitted for colostomy forming surgery. Consideration will be given to both the pre-operative and post-operative care that Mr Jones will receive; and we will discuss the factors surrounding his physical and emotional well being.

Aetiology & Pathophysiology

The lumen of the colon is lined with many cells which are subject to constant turnover. Adenocarcinomas form when too many dysfunctional cells lining the colon create a tumour (Whittaker, 2005). The exact cause of colorectal cancer is unclear (Alexander et al, 2006); however diet is thought to be the most important factor

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