A 37-year-old patient with a spinal tumor has been having a difficult time sleeping. Which best explains how a tumor can make sleep more difficult for a patient with cancer?
B. The tumor may place pressure on parts of the body that can be uncomfortable
Sleep problems are common among cancer patients; the medications, treatments, and the illness itself can cause multiple problems with a patient getting to sleep and staying asleep, as well as feeling refreshed after waking up. When a patient has a tumor, the growth can make sleep difficult when it compresses some parts of the body, leading to discomfort. A tumor may also be painful, it can cause a fever, or itching, or it may leave a person feeling very tired but unable to sleep.