Assessment and management of respiratory symptoms of malignant disease

Jennifer Chard, Peter Hoskin and Sam H. Ahmedzai

in Supportive Care in Respiratory Disease

Second edition

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199591763
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191739149 | DOI:

Series: Supportive Care Series

Assessment and management of respiratory symptoms of malignant disease

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Supportive care is a major component in the management of malignant diseases that affect the respiratory system. It should be included in the overall management plan for the patient from the very outset. Many patients who present with new respiratory or systemic symptoms of lung cancer will need urgent palliation of these problems, even before a definitive histological diagnosis can be made. Indeed, some patients who present late with advanced disease may be too ill for invasive diagnostic investigations, and palliative interventions will be planned on the basis of a working diagnosis of lung cancer, guided on radiological findings and clinical history. This chapter discusses the prevalence of symptoms in cancer, causes and assessment of symptoms in cancer, approaches to symptom management, technical advances in radiotherapy delivery, chemotherapy, comprehensive palliation of symptoms, and management of effusions.

Keywords: supportive care; palliative care; patient care; lung cancer; cancer symptoms; symptom management; radiotherapy; chemotherapy; palliation; effusions

Chapter.  10948 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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