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Assessment and management of respiratory symptoms of malignant disease

Sam H. Ahmedzai and Martin F. Muers

in Supportive Care in Respiratory Disease

Published in print February 2005 | ISBN: 9780192631411
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191730160 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192631411.003.0030

Series: Supportive Care Series

Assessment and management of respiratory symptoms of malignant disease

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This chapter examines the diagnosis and management of respiratory syndromes associated with malignant diseases and evaluates the supportive care needs of patients with primary thoracic cancers. Some of the common symptoms in patients with thoracic malignancy include dyspnoea, cough, and haemoptysis. Mild symptoms can be effectively managed by pharmacological methods, but for malignant ones radiotherapy and brachytherapy are recommended.

Keywords: respiratory syndromes; malignant diseases; supportive care; thoracic cancers; dyspnoea; cough; haemoptysis; radiotherapy; brachytherapy

Chapter.  8933 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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