Intensive Care for Complications of Malignant Disease: Presentation and Outcome
In recent years there have been many important advances in the management of malignant disease and as a result cancer is no longer inevitably fatal. Although there have been some significant developments in the management of solid tumors, the most dramatic improvements in long term outcome have been seen in patients with hematological and lymphoreticular malignancies, a significant proportion of whom can now be cured with aggressive chemotherapy [1, 2]. There have also been important improvements in supportive care; in particular the administration of platelet concentrates has reduced the incidence of fatal thrombocytopenic hemorrhage and the development of specialist nursing techniques, combined with the more effective use of anti-microbial agents has greatly reduced the mortality from intercurrent infection.
KeywordsAcute Myeloid Leukemia Respiratory Failure Malignant Disease Graft Versus Host Disease Adult Respiratory Distress Syndrome
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