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Comprehensive Case Study: Cancer Patient and Malnutrition. Intern: Janna Neitzel Preceptor: Lori Houghtaling Facility: Albany Memorial Hospital Rotation: Clinical. Identification Information. Age: 67 Sex: Female Date of admission: 9/17/13 Admit HT and WT: 5’6”, 125#

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comprehensive case study cancer patient and malnutrition

Comprehensive Case Study:Cancer Patient and Malnutrition

Intern: Janna Neitzel

Preceptor: Lori Houghtaling

Facility: Albany Memorial Hospital

Rotation: Clinical

identification information
Identification Information

Age: 67

Sex: Female

Date of admission: 9/17/13

Admit HT and WT: 5’6”, 125#

Weight classification: BMI 20.2—within normal limits

chief complaint
Chief Complaint
  • Admitting diagnosis:
    • Patient admitted with
      • nausea
      • vomiting,
      • UTI
    • Patient admitted 1 month prior
      • Back pain
history of present illness
History of Present Illness
  • History of colon and bladder cancer
  • Metastatic colon cancer with chemo
    • Cancer: group of diseases characterized by uncontrolled growth and spread of abnormal cells
      • Tumor growth and immune-mediated tumor destruction
      • Endogenous and exogenous risk factors exist for cancer development
    • Cancer is a genetic disease caused by chronic inflammation which elicits a chronic inflammatory response, eventually compromising the function ad structure of cells, creating uncontrolled proliferation (programmed cell death)
      • Endogenous factors: can initiate or promote development of cancer; free radicals, hormones, growth factors, specific genes (oncogenes)
      • Exogenous factors: lifestyle, environmental/occupational exposures, infectious organisms
  • Suspect poor nutrition prior to admit based on dietary recall
      • The National Cancer Institute and the American Cancer Society estimate that 1/3 of cancer deaths relate to poor dietary choices, physical inactivity, or obesity
      • Tobacco use accounts for additional 1/3 annual deaths from cancer
past medical history
Past Medical History

Colon cancer

Bladder cancer



Cecal mass



Symptomatic anemia

medications eating habits weight hx
Medications, Eating Habits, Weight Hx
  • Medications
      • Lopressor
      • Xanex
      • Mylanta
      • Dilaudid
      • Fentanyl patch
      • Cefepine
      • Megace
      • Colace
      • Ativan
  • Eating habits:
      • “Healthy” diet at home, unable to tolerate >1000cal/day, stated; restricts Na, K, and phosphorus intake/renal diet
      • Loss of appetite
  • WT Hx
      • UBW 142#
      • 120-125# @ admit
      • 112# most recent per bed scale
laboratory data
Laboratory Data
  • Current (12/5/13):
      • Low GFR
      • Low Na
      • Low Cl
      • Low Ca
      • High WBC
      • Low RBC
      • Low HGB
      • Low HCT
  • Estimating needs:
    • 1600-1800kcal, 60-70g protein, 1.8L fluid per day
  • PES statement:
    • Suboptimal intake, unintentional WT loss, malnutrition in the context of chronic disease
  • Interventions:
    • Monitored intake at meals & reinforced importance of adequate intake
    • Provided magic cu/ ensure supplementation with meals
    • TPN rec—followed nutrition support team
    • Monitored WT and serial labs
plan of care
Plan of Care

Exhausted all efforts to meet patient’s nutritional needs PO

TPN discontinued due to patient request

Follow case manager plan for patient to transfer to nursing home

Hospice to consult


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