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“Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problems associated with life-threatening illness … and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual.” - WHO, 2008.
Consequently, when patients are undergoing treatment during the palliative phase of their illness they can be prone to complications. These may be related to:
The primary disease (i.e. chest pain secondary to primary lung cancer) Secondary or metastatic disease related (i.e. signs of liver failure secondary to liver metastases or neurological symptoms from brain metastasis) Complications of the treatment of the cancer (i.e. pain post radiotherapy, neutropenic sepsis secondary to chemotherapy) Non-malignant disease (i.e. gastro-oesophageal reflux as a result of a long standing hiatus hernia)
It's important to recognise common complications and know the symptoms, investigations and management, particularly as some of the complications can be life-threatening and may be reversible if diagnosed and treated early.
Once you complete the module - and achieve the minimum pass rate of 60% - you'll be awarded with a downloadable 1 hour CPD Certificate, which you can print or upload to your CPD Portfolio.
This module, which consists of 15 assessment questions, is designed to test your knowledge and management of common complications of palliative treatment, including the following malignant diseases:
Constipation – its diagnosis, investigation and management
Signs and symptoms of metastases including bone disease (causing pain and raised calcium)
Hypercalcaemia – its diagnosis, investigation and management
Hyperkalaemia - its diagnosis, investigation and management
Hypernatraemia – its diagnosis, investigation and management
Radiation-induced pain flare