Management of Gastrointestinal Symptoms
Gastrointestinal symptoms are among the most common and the most distressing for patients with cancer. Symptoms may be secondary to inflammatory lesions from the esophagus to the anus and may range from anorexia with nausea and vomiting to diarrhea, constipation, obstipation, and tenesmus. The broad range of gastrointestinal symptomatology may be a direct consequence of the tumor or a secondary effect due to treatment of the tumor. In some instances the gastrointestinal symptoms may be secondary to an unrelated clinical disease such as infection, hepatitis, peptic ulceration, or diverticulitis.
KeywordsGastrointestinal Symptom Gastrointestinal Effect Antiemetic Therapy Local Obstruction Accessory Organ
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