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Supportive Care and Its Complications

Lisa M. Deangelis and Jerome B. Posner

in Neurologic Complications of Cancer

Second edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9780195366747
Published online April 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199322879 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780195366747.003.0004

Series: Contemporary Neurology Series

Supportive Care and Its Complications

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Patients with neuro-oncologic disorders often suffer symptoms that are not strictly neurologic but result from the cancer, its treatment, or from comorbid illness1,24–1). Some of these non-neurologic abnormalities, such as cachexia,24 generalized weakness,5,6 fatigue7,8 (often associated with anemia9), sleep disturbances,8,10 depression,10 cognitive impairment,10 gastrointestinal (GI) ulcerations, deep vein thromboses,11 and side effects of the many drugs used for supportive care, are particularly common in patients with neuro-oncologic disorders. Effectively managing these disorders and their attendant symptoms can improve the quality of the patient's life and may even increase survival.1214 As patients with cancer, even those not cured, are living longer and often receiving more toxic treatments, the control of symptoms that impact on quality-of-life has become increasingly important. As a result, more and more attention is being paid to these problems, both in standard oncologic journals and in specialized supportive care journals.

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Subjects: Neurology

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