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Management of oncological complications in the ICU 

Management of oncological complications in the ICU
Management of oncological complications in the ICU

Niall S. MacCallum

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date: 21 May 2022

Important treatment complications relevant to critical care are discussed. Cancer-related pain is complex and requires multidisciplinary care, particularly in the peri-operative setting. Chemotherapeutic complications include pancytopenia, cardiac, pulmonary, renal, gastrointestinal, hepatic, and neurotoxicity. Radiotherapy complications include cardiac, pulmonary, and gastrointestinal toxicity. In general, management includes assessing the risk-benefit to cytotoxic therapy withdrawal and supportive care. There is a paucity of proven treatment options for most complications, althoughcertain therapies are used to prevent and/or treat complications (e.g. tumour lysis syndrome). Thromboembolic disease is a common cause of mortality and morbidity; low molecular weight heparin therapy may be superior to oral anticoagulation.

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