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Symptoms 

Symptoms
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Symptoms
Author(s):

Spence Roy A.J.

, and Johnston Patrick G.

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199215638.003.0001
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date: 21 October 2019

Pain 2

Dyspnoea 22

The distressed dying patient 30

Nausea and vomiting 38

Diarrhoea 48

Constipation 54

Abdominal distension 58

Jaundice 62

Drowsiness and decreased Glasgow Coma Scale 70

Collapse, weakness, ‘off-legs’ 74

Seizures 78

Fever 82

Bleeding 84

Haematuria 88

Three-quarters of cancer patients experience pain at some point in their illness. Acute, severe pain produces intense fear and anxiety for the patient and their carers. Chronic, unrelieved pain is extremely debilitating, is associated with depression, and impairs a patient's ability to cope with ongoing treatment....

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