Multidisciplinary Care of Critically Ill Cancer Patients

  • Ninotchka BrydgesEmail author
  • Brandi McCall
  • Tiffany Mundie
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Critically ill cancer patients have complex physical and emotional needs that are best met by utilizing a multidisciplinary care approach. Physicians, advanced practice providers, nurses, clinical pharmacists, dieticians, physical therapists, occupational therapists, patient advocates, social workers, and chaplains are essential members of the multidisciplinary team working together to achieve a patient-centered approach when caring cancer patients in the intensive care unit (ICU). This chapter focuses on six different areas of the multidisciplinary team and discusses how each group is utilized to support the critically ill cancer patient. Oncologic considerations and challenges in regard to nursing, nutrition, physical and occupational therapy, patient support, advocacy and social work, and chaplaincy are thoroughly reviewed in relation to the critically ill oncologic patient.


Intensive care unit Critical care Oncology nurse Compassion fatigue Enteral nutrition Parenteral nutrition Malnutrition Nutrition screening Nutrition assessment Physical therapy Occupational therapy Mobility Acquired weakness Delirium Early mobility Patient support Chaplain Chaplaincy Spiritual care Communication Advocacy Patient advocate Social worker 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ninotchka Brydges
    • 1
    Email author
  • Brandi McCall
    • 1
  • Tiffany Mundie
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Critical Care and Respiratory CareThe University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer CenterHoustonUSA

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