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Management of Constitutional Symptoms

  • Jacob J. Lokich

Abstract

Constitutional symptoms are general as opposed to local symptoms which affect the cancer patient’s entire system. This “systemic symptomatology” is most often a complex of multiple symptoms which are interrelated, which develop sequentially, and which reinforce one another. For example, physical weakness due to illness may cause a depressed self-image and promote withdrawal which in turn brings on somnolence and disinterest in normal activities, such as ingesting food. A vicious cycle develops which if untreated can have a serious impact on a patient’s physical and emotional well being.

Keywords

Health Care Team Constitutional Symptom Decrease Food Intake Specific Etiology Lysergic Acid 
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© G. K. Hall & Co. 1978

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jacob J. Lokich
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  1. 1.Sidney Farber Cancer Institute, Department of Medicine, New England Deaconess HospitalHarvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA

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