Diagnosis and Management of Oncologic Emergencies

  • E. B. Lamont
  • C. M. Rudin
  • P. C. Hoffman


This chapter details the epidemiology, pathophysiology, clinical presentation, diagnostic approaches, and treatment modalities of several of the most common oncologic emergencies. Because of the systemic nature of cancer, these emergencies often affect organ systems remote from the original cancer, making diagnosis challenging. Given the long natural history of many advanced cancers, the successful diagnosis and management of these emergencies may be rewarded with prolonged survival. However, when cancer patients become end-stage, the same invasive diagnostic procedures and aggressive treatments may be onerous. Decisions regarding management of these patients may best be made jointly by the patient, the primary oncologist, the family, and the treating physician.


Superior Vena Cava Cerebral Spinal Fluid Tumor Lysis Syndrome Leptomeningeal Metastasis Superior Vena Cava Syndrome 
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  • C. M. Rudin
  • P. C. Hoffman

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