The nurse is caring for a patient diagnosed with ovarian cancer. The nurse knows that the patient needs supportive care since this type of cancer can lead to other health problems. The nurse uses exercises, massages, and compression bandages for which particular problem that the patient may experience?


• Swollen legs from lymphedema can be uncomfortable. The nurse must include exercises, massages, and use of compression bandages in the plan of care.

• Ovarian cancer and its treatment can lead to other health problems. The patient may receive supportive care to prevent or control these problems and to improve comfort and quality of life. Physical therapists trained to manage lymphedema can also help.

• A swollen abdomen from abnormal fluid buildup called ascites can be uncomfortable. This can be removed whenever it builds up through paracentesis.

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