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Vol 8, No 4 (2014)
Review paper
Published online: 2015-02-27
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Palliative care for the patients with pancreatic cancer

Zbigniew Zylicz
Medycyna Paliatywna w Praktyce 2014;8(4):145-151.

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Vol 8, No 4 (2014)
Review articles
Published online: 2015-02-27

Abstract

Pancreatic cancer is one of the most common cancers of gastrointestinal tract. Diagnosis of this cancer is sometimes preceded by pain, pruritus, thrombosis and depression. Treatment of pain does not depend only on the coeliac plexus block. In the treatment most important are well chosen opioids and co-analgesics. Pruritus, which sometimes complicates the course of disease, is being treated by stenting of the common bile duct but also drugs inhibiting serotonin uptake. In this article management of different symptoms based on their specific mechanisms has been discussed.

Abstract

Pancreatic cancer is one of the most common cancers of gastrointestinal tract. Diagnosis of this cancer is sometimes preceded by pain, pruritus, thrombosis and depression. Treatment of pain does not depend only on the coeliac plexus block. In the treatment most important are well chosen opioids and co-analgesics. Pruritus, which sometimes complicates the course of disease, is being treated by stenting of the common bile duct but also drugs inhibiting serotonin uptake. In this article management of different symptoms based on their specific mechanisms has been discussed.

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Keywords

pancreatic cancer, pain, pruritus, itch, analgesics, opioids, venous thrombosis, psychological depression, paraneoplastic symptoms

About this article
Title

Palliative care for the patients with pancreatic cancer

Journal

Palliative Medicine in Practice

Issue

Vol 8, No 4 (2014)

Article type

Review paper

Pages

145-151

Published online

2015-02-27

Bibliographic record

Medycyna Paliatywna w Praktyce 2014;8(4):145-151.

Keywords

pancreatic cancer
pain
pruritus
itch
analgesics
opioids
venous thrombosis
psychological depression
paraneoplastic symptoms

Authors

Zbigniew Zylicz

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