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AETIOLOGY AND MECHANISMS OF ILLNESSES Introduction This assignment is to discuss the care profile of an identified patient who has been recently diagnosed with kidney cancer To better appreciate the care given to the patient there is a detailed background of the patient and there is an extensive discussion of the nursing intervention towards maintaining his health This piece of work highlights cancer in relation to a patient whom the writer has cared for during his clinical placement on a urology ward There is emphasis on the signs and symptoms of the patients condition followed by discussion on the aetiology and pathophysiological mechanisms that contribute to kidney and renal cancer There is also relevant investigation which is relevant in diagnosing kidney cancer At the end of this work there is a personal piece of reflection where emphasis is laid on the authors personal and professional development with regards to caring for cancer patient This reflection is aimed to improve future practice as to link theory and practice However this reflection is not going to be extensive in order to maintain the aims and objectives of the assignment The treatment and management of the patient care is also highlighted and the conclusion will include the patients recovery and discharge There are recommendations at the end of this essay to show forward in the treatment of individuals with cancer Patient profile The identified patient is Mr Smith seventy-two years old married man with four children and four grandchildren He is a retired lawyer and lives with his wife in a bungalow in North London He is a heavy smoker 30-40 cigarettes a day and a heavy drinker unstated by the patient He is regarded as overweight by a difference of 19kg to the considered normal weight Mr Smith started consulting his general practitioner GP on a regular basis because he had abdominal pain altered bowel movement and alternating
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