IRPMSRASJT2-016

You are an FY2 doctor on an elderly care ward. You see an 80 year old man on the consultant ward round who was admitted with a fall. He is told he has iron deficiency anaemia and the consultant has asked for a scan to be requested to exclude cancer, explaining to the patient that cancer seems likely. The patient’s son approaches you and asks if he could break any bad news to his father as he is worried it will be too upsetting to hear from a doctor. You are aware that the patient has capacity and told you this morning he was worried about how his son may handle any bad news.

Choose the three most appropriate actions to take in this situation.

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