NR 601 Week 7 Case Study Discussion Health Promotion, Health Protection, Disease Prevention, and Treatment Considerations in End-Of-Life Care (Part-1)

Discussion Part One (graded)



C.G. is a 69-year-old male with a history of right head and neck cancer that you have been following for one year. The carcinoma was initially localized to the head and neck-specifically at the left lingual tonsil region and went on to complete a total of 6 weeks of radiation and chemotherapy. Recently, the last PET scan indicated some metabolic activity in the left lymph node area along with other regions of abnormal metabolic activity in the body-particularly the liver and the lungs indicating metastasis. C.G. indicates that he is tired of the effects of chemotherapy and radiation and does not want to pursue any more treatment for cancer.





Right head and neck cancer with metastasis to liver and lungs; patient is refusing further treatment.














Current medications:


Carvedilol 12.5 mg po 1 daily


Furosemide 40 mg po daily




2012: right radical neck dissection







Vaccination History:


Influenza vaccine last received 1 year ago


Received pneumovax at age 65


Received Tdap 5 years ago


Has not had the herpes zoster vaccine


Social history and Risk Factors:


Former smoker-stopped smoking at the time his cancer was diagnosed-2 years ago


Negative for alcohol intake or drug use


Patient does not have an advanced directive or living will. He is refusing further treatment for his cancer and his wife and children are in disagreement with him. The patient wants to know what his options are for the remainder of his life. 


Family history:






Discussion Part One:




Provide differential diagnoses (DD) with rationale.


Further ROS questions needed to develop DD.


Identify the legal/ethical issues involved with the patient and describe your approach to addressing end-of-life care for this patient.