QOD 74: Tumors and Sleep (Oncology/Basic Care and Comfort)

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Question:

A 37-year-old patient with a spinal tumor has been having a difficult time sleeping. Which best explains how a tumor can make sleep more difficult for a patient with cancer?

Answer:

B.  The tumor may place pressure on parts of the body that can be uncomfortable

Rationale: 

Sleep problems are common among cancer patients; the medications, treatments, and the illness itself can cause multiple problems with a patient getting to sleep and staying asleep, as well as feeling refreshed after waking up. When a patient has a tumor, the growth can make sleep difficult when it compresses some parts of the body, leading to discomfort. A tumor may also be painful, it can cause a fever, or itching, or it may leave a person feeling very tired but unable to sleep.

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