Use of a chest catheter in male cancer patient

Use of a chest catheter in male cancer patient

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Credit: SIMON FRASER/ROYAL VICTORIA INFIRMARY, NEWCASTLE/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: MODEL RELEASED. Cancer patient. Hospital nurse injects saline solution into a chest catheter in a 17 year old male cancer patient. The patient has Hodgkin's lymphoma. The Hickman catheter is being cleared before a blood transfusion is given to the patient. The patient has received anti-cancer treatment, with subsequent loss of his hair. Hodgkin's lymphoma is a rare cancer in the lymphoid tissue. As the disease progresses the immune system becomes impaired. Treatment may include radiotherapy, cancer drugs, blood trans- fusions and bone marrow transplant.

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Keywords: cancer, cancer patient, catheter, chest, hair loss, hickman, hickman catheter, hodgkin's, hodgkin's disease, nurse, patient

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