• Questions Asked by Oncology Nurse

    Asked by MamaRobina on Friday, January 31, 2014

    Questions Asked by Oncology Nurse

    Just wondering why the nurse at the oncologist's office would ask my husband if he has suffered any falls recently. He is working, driving and doing all the usual stuff. These questions, that seem so odd, tend to make me uneasy.

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    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      Without knowing what she was looking at during the questioning it's hard to say. I have been asked just ablut everything, I just answer and keep on going.

      almost 7 years ago
    • Clyde's Avatar

      I had a nurse ask me once if I had been feeling dizzy lately. I was concerned because I had no idea what that could mean. I asked the doctor when he came in. He also had no idea and then joked that she was probably just trying to make it look like she was doing her job. I didn't get the joke.

      If the nurse is asking questions that bother you, ask the doctor why and if you should be concerned. Doctors are held accountable for mistakes, nurses usually not and the center will protect them if they do. I only take the advice of my doctor and refuse to listen to the nurses or at the least, ask my doctor if I should do what the nurse has suggested and for an explanation why.

      almost 7 years ago
    • midgieb's Avatar

      They ask me that everytime I take chemo but I don't know why.

      almost 7 years ago
    • Rubies' Avatar

      Falls could be an indicator of nerve damage in your feet. Nerve damage is a known side effect from some types of chemo. Either that or your husband had a big knot on his head that neither of you noticed. ;)

      almost 7 years ago
    • Tracy's Avatar
      Tracy (Best Answer!)

      I have had several friends who have had chemo. They have had problems with nerves particularly in the feet and hands. Also chemo can make him bruise easier, one of my friends got so frustrated by this. Tracy

      almost 7 years ago
    • BigE54's Avatar

      My oncologists nurse asked me that every time I went there. She also always asks me to rate my current anger from 1-10, and to rate any level of depression I might be feeling. I asked her once why she does that, and she told me that the hospital requires her to ask. These are all things that one might not be able to know about with just an physical examination. They are also very important things for the doctor to know about. It seemed quite logical to me.

      almost 7 years ago
    • Schlegel's Avatar

      I am a physical therapist. Falls prevention has become a big thing in the health care world particularly when dealing with older people (over fifty!). Every home health agency has to have a falls prevention plan. This may also be true for other health care facilities.

      almost 7 years ago
    • Carol1286's Avatar

      The nurses ask me that too. My husband thought that was strange, but it never bothered me.

      almost 7 years ago
    • barryboomer's Avatar

      She is just doing her job.
      It's good to know if somebody has some weird stuff but didn't mention it.
      I think it is ok and GOOD!

      almost 7 years ago
    • MamaRobina's Avatar

      Please don't misunderstand me. I am NOT complaining about the nurse asking but wondered WHY she asked. I thought we were all up to date on possible side effects but this business with the feet and falling, etc., was new to us. This nurse is a very competent and compassionate person. OK, BB???

      almost 7 years ago
    • Ellie59's Avatar

      Oh my goodness at the Seattle cancer care alliance ask you that every time they see you!
      He will answer that question a hundred more times. Nothing to worry about!
      It is in the book of questions they always ask. Do not stress about this take good care

      almost 7 years ago
    • acshipway's Avatar

      Just ask her, most Nurses will be more than willing to answer any questions and explain the reasoning behind the answer. Part of the Nurses job is patient education.

      almost 7 years ago
    • workit's Avatar

      Neuropathy and balance issues are common with many chemotherapies, that is why the nurse asked.

      'Treatment of malignant lymphomas consists of multiple cycles
      of polychemo-, immuno- or radiation-therapy, hematopoetic
      stem cell transplantation (HSCT) or a combination thereof. The
      disease, its treatment and the extended hospital stays lead to
      reduced quality of life (QOL) due to increased immobility, physical
      deconditioning [1] apparent as muscle atrophy [2], loss of
      balance control [3], instable gait and enhanced incidence of
      falls. Additionally, ∼50% of lymphoma patients suffer from
      therapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (PNP), a decisive limiting
      factor for therapy [4–6]. PNP is a highly prevalent sideeffect
      associated with impaired balance control, an increased
      risk of falls [7], further increasing immobility. No randomized,
      controlled trial (RCT) has evaluated the effects of exercise on
      the side-effects of PNP. Studies in healthy adults e.g. revealed
      that sensorimotor training (SMT) can induce sensory effects [8],
      but it has never been studied in cancer patients. In our prospective
      RCT, we assessed the effects of exercise, especially SMT,
      in lymphoma patients during therapy. We hypothesized that
      our exercise program reduces therapy-induced side-effects
      and improves patients’ physical condition, neuromuscular
      function, balance control and cardiovascular fitness, overall
      improving QOL.'

      From the full text version of this article:

      Exercise program improves therapy-related side-effects and quality of life in lymphoma patients undergoing therapy. Streckmann, F., et al. Annals of Oncology 25: 493–499, 2014


      Keep him moving, and best wishes for a complete response!

      almost 7 years ago

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