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Vol 3, No 3 (2004): Polish Palliative Medicine
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Published online: 2004-04-27
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Symptomatic treatment of the chronic cough in advanced lung cancer

Ewa Jassem
Advances in Palliative Medicine 2004;3(3):235-242.

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Vol 3, No 3 (2004): Polish Palliative Medicine
Artykuły poglądowe
Published online: 2004-04-27

Abstract

Chronic cough is one of the most frequent and troublesome symptoms accompanying advanced lung cancer. This review presents the mechanisms of this symptom and methods for its assessment. In patients with advanced lung cancer cough therapy is typically symptomatic and mainly based on anti-tussive agents. Additionally, cough management includes rehabilitation, respiratory exercises and physiotherapy. New anti-tussive drugs are warranted since currently available treatment is effective in only 30% of patients.

Abstract

Chronic cough is one of the most frequent and troublesome symptoms accompanying advanced lung cancer. This review presents the mechanisms of this symptom and methods for its assessment. In patients with advanced lung cancer cough therapy is typically symptomatic and mainly based on anti-tussive agents. Additionally, cough management includes rehabilitation, respiratory exercises and physiotherapy. New anti-tussive drugs are warranted since currently available treatment is effective in only 30% of patients.
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Keywords

cough; opioids; cough receptors; advanced lung cancer

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Title

Symptomatic treatment of the chronic cough in advanced lung cancer

Journal

Advances in Palliative Medicine

Issue

Vol 3, No 3 (2004): Polish Palliative Medicine

Pages

235-242

Published online

2004-04-27

Bibliographic record

Advances in Palliative Medicine 2004;3(3):235-242.

Keywords

cough
opioids
cough receptors
advanced lung cancer

Authors

Ewa Jassem

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