Articles by Linda Schiech, MSN, RN

Looking into secondary lymphedema

Gregory, Kaitlyn; Schiech, Linda

Nursing2018. 47(11):34-42, November 2017.

Nurses can help postsurgical patients learn how to prevent or recognize secondary lymphedema. Early treatment can minimize complications and improve patients' self-esteem and quality of life.

Tonsillar cancer: What nurses need to know

Schiech, Linda

Nursing2016. 46(7):36-44, July 2016.

Cancers of the head and neck, including tonsillar cancer, constitute up to 5% of all cancers. Heavy drinking, smoking, and human papilloma virus infection are prime risk factors. Be prepared to care for patients with tonsillar cancer by reviewing the pathology, diagnosis, and various treatment options presented here.

Non-small cell lung cancer: Recent advances

Held-Warmkessel, Jeanne; Schiech, Linda

Nursing2014. 44(2):32-42, February 2014.

Lung cancer is the deadliest form of cancer, and non-small cell lung cancer is the most common lung cancer type. This comprehensive article discusses risk factors, diagnostic testing, new staging descriptions, surgical and nonsurgical treatments, and evidence-based nursing interventions for patients as they progress through diagnosis and treatment.

HPV-related cancer: An equal opportunity danger

Schiech, Linda

Nursing2010. 40(10):22-28, October 2010.

Human papillomavirus causes over 90% of cervical cancers. But did you know that it also causes more than 90% of anal cancers and up to 30% of head and neck cancers? Here's how to protect your patients—male or female—from HPV-related cancers or manage their illness.

Caring for a patient with malignant pleural effusion

Held-Warmkessel, Jeanne; Schiech, Linda

Nursing2008. 38(11):43-47, November 2008.

This debilitating complication can be a recurrent problem for someone with advanced metastatic cancer. Learn how to recognize and manage the condition.

Responding to 4 gastrointestinal complications in cancer patients

Held-Warmkessel, Jeanne; Schiech, Linda

Nursing2008. 38(7):32-38, July 2008.

If your patient is being treated for cancer, be prepared to assess for and manage a bowel obstruction, peritonitis, fistula, or intestinal perforation.

Esophageal cancer—a tough pill to swallow

Edmondson, Donna; Schiech, Linda

Nursing2008. 38(4):44-50, April 2008.

Typically diagnosed at a late stage, this cancer is often fatal. Learn who's at risk and how to assess him, then prepare to help him face diagnosis and treatment.