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Causal treatment of dyspnea in a hospice patient — a case study

Magdalena Renata Osowicka, Agnieszka Gorzewska
Medycyna Paliatywna w Praktyce 2017;11(4):174-180.

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Vol 11, No 4 (2017)
Case report
Published online: 2018-02-28

Abstract

The paper presents the case of a 60-year-old, long-term tobacco smoker, after completed treatment of lung cancer, with chronic respiratory insufficiency and severe COPD, who presented severe dyspnea. An additional diagnosis, that was made during the care, was invasive pulmonary aspergillosis. It is commonly believed that cancer is the most debilitating disease of the patient, and its cure guarantees a return to health and normal life. In this case, however the effectiveness of oncological treatment was not correlated with good quality of life. Severe dyspnea was associated with chronic respiratory failure in the course of severe COPD and was accompanied by an invasive pulmonary aspergillosis.

Abstract

The paper presents the case of a 60-year-old, long-term tobacco smoker, after completed treatment of lung cancer, with chronic respiratory insufficiency and severe COPD, who presented severe dyspnea. An additional diagnosis, that was made during the care, was invasive pulmonary aspergillosis. It is commonly believed that cancer is the most debilitating disease of the patient, and its cure guarantees a return to health and normal life. In this case, however the effectiveness of oncological treatment was not correlated with good quality of life. Severe dyspnea was associated with chronic respiratory failure in the course of severe COPD and was accompanied by an invasive pulmonary aspergillosis.

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Keywords

dyspnea, COPD, complication of lung cancer treatment, pulmonary aspergillosis

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Title

Causal treatment of dyspnea in a hospice patient — a case study

Journal

Palliative Medicine in Practice

Issue

Vol 11, No 4 (2017)

Article type

Case report

Pages

174-180

Published online

2018-02-28

Bibliographic record

Medycyna Paliatywna w Praktyce 2017;11(4):174-180.

Keywords

dyspnea
COPD
complication of lung cancer treatment
pulmonary aspergillosis

Authors

Magdalena Renata Osowicka
Agnieszka Gorzewska

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