Complications and Supportive Care

  • F. d’Oleire
  • H. I. Robins
Part of the UICC International Union Against Cancer book series (UICCI)


The complications associated with neoplastic disease are usually the result of the disease process itself or are secondary to therapy. Supportive measures for the patient with cancer are often the major focus of care. Such measures can be important, particularly when a cost/benefit assessment of specific cancer-directed therapy suggests that treatment is not warranted. At these times, it is often psychologically optimal for the patient to view his or her illness as chronic, and therefore incurable, but not beyond supportive measures. In such situations, the complexity of medical intervention should be defined in the context of the patient’s disease progression. Obviously, quality of life issues become the focal points in this decision-making process. Individualization of treatment and supportive care is critical.


Brain Metastasis Herpes Zoster Disseminate Intravascular Coagulation Small Cell Carcinoma Malignant Pleural Effusion 
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  • F. d’Oleire
  • H. I. Robins

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