When cancer gives rise to complications like tumour lysis syndrome, disseminated intravascular coagulopathy, hyperleukocytosis, leukostasis, fever, neutropenia and spinal cord compression, one will require immediate medical intervention as these are known as oncological emergencies.
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?
Oncologic emergencies can occur at any time and require prompt treatment.