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Caring for a patient with a desmoid tumor

doi: 10.1097/01.NURSE.0000534912.67710.0a
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Caring for a patient with a desmoid tumor

GENERAL PURPOSE: To provide information about desmoid tumors. LEARNING OBJECTIVES/OUTCOMES: After completing this continuing-education activity, you should be able to: 1. Describe the characteristics of desmoid tumors. 2. Identify available treatment strategies for patients with a desmoid tumor. 3. List the nursing considerations for a patient with a desmoid tumor.

  1. Which is a characteristic of desmoid tumors?
    1. nonmetastatic
    2. rapid growth
    3. anaplasia
  2. Desmoid tumors associated with FAP generally occur in the
    1. extremities.
    2. abdomen.
    3. shoulder girdle.
  3. Which is correct regarding surgical management of desmoid tumors associated with FAP?
    1. The tumors frequently recur after surgery.
    2. Adjuvant radiation and chemotherapy are necessary.
    3. Amputation is the only option for most extremity tumors.
  4. Desmoid tumors are more common in
    1. children.
    2. women of reproductive age.
    3. older adults.
  5. Seventy-five percent of all desmoid tumors occur after
    1. abdominal surgery.
    2. pregnancy.
    3. traumatic injuries.
  6. Most pregnancy-related desmoid tumors occur in the right
    1. obturator internus muscle.
    2. inferior gemellus muscle.
    3. rectus abdominis muscle.
  7. Possible complications of desmoid tumors include
    1. liver metastasis.
    2. lung metastasis.
    3. intestinal fistula.
  8. A desmoid tumor that's minimally symptomatic and not growing is designated as
    1. Stage I.
    2. Stage II.
    3. Stage III.
  9. Definitive diagnosis of a desmoid tumor requires
    1. biopsy.
    2. MRI.
    3. ultrasonography.
  10. Historically, the treatment of choice for desmoid tumors has been
    1. radiation.
    2. chemotherapy.
    3. surgery.
  11. According to the “step-up strategy,” the first step for treating intra-abdominal desmoid tumors is
    1. cryoablation.
    2. NSAIDs.
    3. targeted molecular therapy.
  12. Hormonal agents for intra-abdominal desmoid tumors include
    1. doxorubicin.
    2. tamoxifen.
    3. dacarbazine.
  13. For desmoid tumors in the extremities, treatment may include isolated limb perfusion with tumor necrosis factor and
    1. methotrexate.
    2. vinblastine.
    3. melphalan.
  14. The first sign of a desmoid tumor is often an inguinal, abdominal, or extremity
    1. painless swelling.
    2. painful mass.
    3. rapidly growing mass.
  15. What should be encouraged postoperatively to prevent pneumonia?
    1. NSAID use
    2. prescribed dietary modifications
    3. early ambulation
  16. For patients receiving chemotherapy, the recommended diet usually is high in calories and
    1. fat.
    2. protein.
    3. carbohydrates.
  17. What pharmaceutical appetite stimulant may benefit patients receiving chemotherapy?
    1. corticosteroids
    2. opioids
    3. NSAIDs
  18. A common manifestation in patients receiving chemotherapy for desmoid tumors is
    1. pain.
    2. hemorrhage.
    3. fatigue.


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