Oncologic Emergencies is the term used to describe the complications that arise in patients that have cancer. These emergencies could be caused due to the disease itself or because of the treatment method being used such as chemotherapy and radiation. There are different types of emergencies such as tumour lysis syndrome and metabolic abnormalities.
HOW IS ONCOLOGIC EMERGENCIES DIAGNOSED?
The signs and symptoms of oncologic emergencies would vary depending upon the condition such as for spinal cord compression patients would have back pain and a fast growing mass. Patients with leukaemia are susceptible to infections especially of the lungs and skin.
HOW IS ONCOLOGIC EMERGENCIES TREATED?
Treatment options would depend upon the type of emergency but blood tests and monitoring electrolyte levels and vital signs are important in dealing with the condition quickly and effectively.
DID YOU KNOW?
Monitoring vital signs, coagulation, electrolyte levels and other such elements is a must for such complications.