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An 80YearOld Woman with Breast Cancer

The patient ‘T’ is an 80-year old woman who has been married for 54 years. During her married life, she had three children – a son and two daughters. Since her son and daughters live in QLD, Australia, her son is regularly taking ‘T’ out for socialization. Over the years, ‘T’ enjoys a good relationship with her husband and three children. As her past time, she was fond of sewing stuffed toys for other people. ‘T’ has several histories of breast cancer. Back in 2001, the family physician of ‘T’ confirmed that she has breast cancer on her right breast. The second diagnosis of cancer in ‘T’’s left breast happened after her husband passed away in 2007. During the same year, she started feeling an ongoing pain and debility after she had a radical mastectomy. ‘T’’s depression became alarming when she started to spend more time alone in her bedroom. Her depression combined with tiredness due to chemotherapy Because of the patient’s old age, a bone scan revealed that she is suffering from bone degeneration disease. To relieve her from chronic pain, she was prescribed by her physician to administer 5 mg of Endone – a narcotic analgesic and 5 mg Norspan patch – a type of analgesic. Likewise, she was also taking 15 mg of Oxazepam – a tranquilizer for her anxiety and depression. Two years after she was diagnosed with breast cancer, she suffered from a mild Cerebral Vascular Accident (CVA). Although she was able to recover immediately from CVA, the fact that her husband had dementia made her become more vulnerable to internal and environmental stressors. Because of ‘T’ and her husband’s health problems, both were admitted to a nursing home to ensure that they receive assistance.

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