As a laboratory or radiology technologist, you are responsible for obtaining and providing test results to assist the physician in diagnosing Stefani’s condition. The oncologist has ordered additional blood work, a PET scan and a sentinel node was removed for biopsy. Using her EHR and Internet research, answer the questions and be prepared to discuss the responses with the rest of Stefani’s healthcare team.
Internet Research: The oncologist has performed a sentinel node biopsy on Stefani to help determine if her cancer has metastasized. The results are analyzed by a pathologist in the lab. Provide a brief description of what the pathologist is looking for in their analysis.
Review Stefani’s Inpatient EHR: The laboratory results are quickly shown as normal or abnormal in the EHR. Which tests are abnormal and explain how this is indicated?
Internet Research: Explain how these tests help the team determine Stefani’s diagnosis?
Internet Research: The oncologist ordered a CBC and CMP for Stefani. What do these two acronyms stand for and why are they ordered?
Oncology: An oncologist is a doctor who is qualified in the treatment of cancer. He must be fully trained in the various types of cancer and the best treatment for each. An oncologist may also specialize in and treat only a specific type of cancer.
(“Oncology.” Dictionary.reference.com. Dictionary.com, n.d. Web. 05 June 2014.)
Sentinel node: The first lymph node to which cancer cells are most likely to spread from a primary tumor. Sometimes, there can be more than one sentinel lymph node.
(“Sentinel Node Biopsy.” National Cancer Institute. N.p., n.d. Web. 08 Sept. 2014.)
Metastasis: A secondary cancer growing at a distant site.
(“Metastasize.” Dictionary.com. Dictionary.com, n.d. Web. 05 August 2014.)